Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Where the Sea Meets the Sky

Where the Sea meets the Sky

by Mark Warner
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One brave little sea otter is on a quest to find the place where the sea meets the sky. But however far she travels, home is never far away.


  • Collect the rhyming words in the story and use them to make your own rhyming dictionary.
  • Retell the story from Sophie’s point of view. Can you write her diary entry?
  • Write postcards from Sophie to her mum at different points in the story.
  • Try to find unfamiliar words in the story (e.g. peculiar, chuckled, gasp). Can you find some definitions for these words?
  • Think of some speech / thought bubbles for Sophie on each page of the story.
  • Write an acrostic poem based on the word HORIZON.


  • Design a poster that teaches children what horizontal and vertical mean? How can the word horizon help us with the meaning of ‘horizontal’?
  • Count the number of times different animals have been shown in the illustrations (e.g. sea otters, whales, seagulls) and make a tally chart / bar graph to show the results.


  • Choose one of the animals in the story (e.g. sea otter, walrus, whale) and find out more about it. Could you write a report to teach others what you have discovered?
  • Make a food chain / web that includes living things you might find in the sea.
  • Investigate different underwater habitats and make lists of living things you might find in each.


  • Design a game in which Sophie has to reach the horizon and avoid some obstacles.
  • Create an animation that shows a beach or underwater scene.

Design Technology:

  • Make a model of a sea otter, walrus or whale.
  • Build a boat that could sail where the sea meets the sky.


  • Watch some videos that show underwater scenes. Can you create your own illustrations / paintings of different sea creatures?
  • Look at the page that uses four illustrations side by side to show a sequence of events. Can you use a similar technique to tell (or retell) a story?
  • Look at the illustrations of the fish on the inside covers. Can you create pictures of animals that use different shades of a single colour?


  • Listen to the soundtracks of movies that are set in / near the sea (e.g. Finding Nemo, Moana). Can you compose a melody to accompany a movie version of this story?


  • Draw a map that shows the locations in the story. Add labels or illustrations to show the activities that took place in different parts.
  • Discuss the importance of looking after the seas and oceans. What can we do to protect them?


  • Learn about people who have explored the seas in the past. Where did they go? What did they discover?


  • Sophie is curious to find out what can be found at the horizon. What does it mean to be curious? Think of a time when you have shown curiosity.

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