What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Journey Into the Deep describes the Census of Marine Life with an emphasis on scientific exploration and protection of the oceans. The Census of Marine Life was started in 2000 to develop a greater understanding of the oceans. In this book app, Rebecca L. Johnson devotes one chapter to each of eight different ocean depths explored by scientists. Johnson writes in a kid-friendly first-person narrative to convey a sense of adventure. Each chapter is about 10 pages long, with a few paragraphs of text and a photo or video on each page. There's some scientific discussion of death as well as a picture of a whale's skeleton.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- collecting data
- asking questions
- academic development
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gorgeous photographs brought to life on the HD screen engage kids more than a book alone ever could. The interactive multimedia design lets kids see more image details and watch videos for even more information.
The depth of the content teaches kids about the world under the sea, and the breathtaking photographs are fascinating. The text is written in a kid-friendly, yet challenging, way that upper-elementary kids will appreciate.
Discussion questions at the end of the book extend learning. An Accelerated Reader quiz is available outside the app for those using the AR program.
What's it about?
Journey into the Deep is an eight-chapter e-book by Rebecca L. Johnson that takes kids on a first-person journey into the depths of the sea for an ocean creature census. Each page includes vivid photographs that really come to life on the iPad screen, as well as videos of marine life. Each chapter goes a bit deeper into the ocean -- from Shallow Edges to the Open Water, to the mountains of the seas, Ridges and Vents, and The Unfathomable Deep. Kids learn about DNA, scientific classification, biodiversity, and chemosynthesis. They read how shifting plates formed the ridges and vents in the ocean, discover what a career in marine biology might be like, and learn about conservation efforts to protect the sea and its creatures. The app includes a glossary, discussion questions, and links to other resources.
Is it any good?
In her introductory video on Journey Into the Deep, author Rebecca L. Johnson shares her goal: to inspire young readers with a sense of wonder about the world's oceans. This book app certainly accomplishes that task. The beautiful photography enriched by clear and compelling language conveys a sense of adventure and excitement otherwise hard to drum up for tiny, rarely seen species. The quotations and photos of scientists working on the project make the research feel real and immediate. It would be great to have more interactive elements, but overall this is an enjoyable and interesting read for any kid learning about the oceans.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Take kids to an aquarium to see some of the undersea world up close.
Talk about the similarities between what we know and are learning about the undersea world to what we know about outer space.