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									              LESSON PLANS & ACTIVITIES
THE AMAZING OCTOPUS - LESSON PLAN                          NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/octopus/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the octopus. “Students will understand the following: 1.
Some animals, including the octopus and other cephalopods, have the ability to change their
body color to blend in with their environments. 2. This ability, known as camouflage, protects
them from predators by making them practically invisible.” Includes Discussion Questions,
Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent

AQUATIC HABITATS – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/aquatichabitats/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on how people pollute aquatic habitats and how to prevent it.
“Students will understand the following: 1. The way a community disposes of its wastewater
may negatively affect local aquatic habitats. 2.    It is possible to find wastewater-disposal
methods that do not pollute local aquatic habitats. 3.      Both governments and citizens can
take action to ensure that waste water will be disposed of in a way that is not destructive to
aquatic habitats.” Includes Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more.
Excellent

THE ARAL SEA: WHAT’S HAPPENING TO WHOM? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g912/whom.html
A lesson plan on the Aral Sea for grades 9-12. “As the Aral Sea recedes, the region's residents
are forced to deal with the ensuing changes to this important freshwater habitat. While most
people are adversely impacted by changes to the sea, their reactions differ depending on their
occupations and roles. Students will research the situation in the Aral Sea region; explain how
health, agriculture, fishing, and ecosystems are affected; and determine how specific
individuals might be impacted. They will conclude by pretending to be specialists called in to
help, and listing the things they think need to be done to help.” Excellent

ARE HAMMERHEADS A KEYSTONE SPECIES? – LESSON PLAN                                 NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/seasshark.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on keystone species. “Students will first learn what a keystone
species is, and then they will draw a simple food chain to see why tiger sharks are considered a
keystone species in Shark Bay. Next, they will turn their attention to hammerheads, reading
about the hammerhead diet and the reasons sharks (including hammerheads) are threatened
by fishing practices. They will consider how scientists might go about trying to determine if
hammerheads are keystone species, and they will conclude by creating public education
brochures or reports describing why this would be such a significant discovery.” Excellent

BIOLUMINESCENCE: LIVING LIGHT – LESSON PLAN                            NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/seasbiolum.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on bioluminescence. “Below 3,300 feet (1,000 meters), the waters
of the ocean are dark and cold. No sunlight penetrates these depths, and 90 percent of the
creatures here produce their own light in a chemical process called "bioluminescence." In
this lesson students will learn about bioluminescent creatures and the underwater world in
which they live.” Excellent
BUILD A WHALE OF A CRITTERCAM – LESSON PLAN                            NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/activities/18/crittercam.html
A lesson plan for upper elementary/middle school students in which they “build” a camera to
attach to a whale. “Your Mission    Help the Crittercam team study humpback whales! Your
job? Build a video camera and attach it to a humpback whale.” Suggestions for younger and
older students. Excellent

CHANGING WITH THE TIDE – LESSON PLAN                                NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/oceans35.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on tides. “In this lesson, students will learn about and act out the
functions of the salt marsh habitat. They will learn about the changing nature of salt marshes,
and will imitate the actions of the plants and animals that live there in order to understand life
in the salt marsh.” Excellent

CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES FOR OCEANOGRAPHY                             NEW!
        http://topex-www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/activities.html
A full page of classroom activities in PDF format. You’ll need Acrobat Reader to read them.
Click here to download the free software if you don’t have it.
http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html#reader Excellent

CLUES FROM THE BLACK SEA – LESSON PLAN                            NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g68/blacksea.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the Black Sea. “Current theory says that during the Ice Age,
the Black Sea was an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland that was eventually
flooded. This lesson has students apply the scientific concepts of theory and hypothesis to the
studies being conducted in the Black Sea. They will illustrate maps to explain the flood theory,
and hypothesize what specific pieces of evidence might reveal about the theory. Students will
conclude by writing plans pretending they are going to lead the next Black Sea expedition and
hypothesizing what they might find and what those findings might signify.” Excellent




COASTS – LESSON PLAN                  NEW!
        http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/coasts/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on America’s coastlines. “Students will: 1. understand the
different types of marine coasts and where they are located in the United States and its
territories; 2. understand the difference between primary and secondary marine coasts and
how they are formed; and 3. understand and identify some of the life forms that inhabit
different marine coastal regions.” Includes Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings
and more. Excellent
CONTRASTS IN BLUE: LIFE ON THE CARIBBEAN CORAL REEF AND THE
ROCKY COAST OF MAINE – LESSON PLANS
         http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/contrast/cover.html
“The striking contrasts between these two dynamic ecosystems are the theme of this website
and are among the many topics visitors can ponder in Exploring Marine Ecosystems, a
permanent exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. The
activities that follow encourage students to consider the role of temperature, sunlight, waves,
and tides in the creation of unique marine environments.” Includes Cover, Background Essay,
Lesson Plan 1, Lesson Plan 2, Lesson Plan 3, and Resources. Excellent

CORAL REEFS – EXPLORING THE ENVIRONMENT – LEARNING MODULE
                                                                  NEW!
        http://www.cotf.edu/ete/modules/coralreef/CRmain.html
“Challenge 1        The Committee on Reef Area Loss (CORAL) is concerned about the loss of
biodiversity that could accompany a greatly reduced coral reef area. It has been looking into
ways to prevent such a loss of biodiversity. CORAL is considering building artificial reefs
where natural reefs are being destroyed. They have asked you to consider the pros and cons of
artificial reefs and evaluate how well they would preserve biodiversity.
Challenge 2         Officials of the United Nations Environmental Program with headquarters
in Nairobi, Kenya, have recently become concerned with news from scientists throughout the
world that coral reefs are dying at alarming rates. The officials have called together
representatives from nations around the world to examine the problem and make
recommendations on what is to be done (if anything). As a member of the U.S. delegation, you
have been assigned the job of thoroughly investigating the problem and making
recommendations. You should consider a number of things:
Are the reports true? If they are, what are the reasons?        Are humans responsible for the
death of coral reefs, or is it mostly a natural event?” Includes Teacher Pages on how to use the
module. Excellent




CORAL SEAS – BLUE PLANET – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
        http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/BP_coralseas/
A lesson plan on the coral seas for grades 6-8. “Students will • speculate about the changes
that are taking place in our galaxy; • research the latest ideas on Blue Planet: Coral Seas;
and • discuss the consequences of events that may happen in the future.” Note: We have the
video. Order VT507065 Excellent

DEAD ZONES: WHY ARE THE WATERS DYING? – LESSON PLAN NEW!
       http://www.actionbioscience.org/environment/lessons/howarthlessons.pdf
A lesson plan for high school students on the “dead zones” of the ocean where pollution has
killed off the marine life. Accompanies the article “Bringing Dead Zones Back to Life”.
Excellent
DEEP-SEA GEYSERS: HYDROTHERMAL VENTS – LESSON PLAN                               NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/07/g68/hydrovents.html
A lesson plan on hydrothermal vents for grades 6-8. “Hydrothermal vents are geysers located
on the ocean floor in the deep sea. Students will learn about these vents by doing a simulation
and viewing pictures of animals that live near the vents. They'll conclude by writing letters
pretending they're divers requesting funding for a future trip to study hydrothermal vents.”
Excellent

THE DISAPPEARING FISH: INVESTIGATING THE CAUSES AND EFFECTS OF
THE VANISHING WILD SALMON – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990914tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on endangered species for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students examine the
theories behind the drastic decline of the wild salmon population and the ecological
ramifications of this decline. Students will work in groups, each focusing on one theory, to
create a 'campaign' to persuade the public to help end this destruction of the salmon
population.” Excellent

DOES THE HAMMER HELP? (HAMMERHEAD SHARK) – LESSON PLAN
                                                                  NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/hammerhelp.html
A lesson plan on sharks for grades 3-5. “In this lesson, students will consider the significance
of the hammerhead shark's "hammer." They will watch two videos and compare the way
hammerhead sharks and white sharks swim. Students will click through an interactive shark
diagram to learn about sharks' senses, and hypothesize about how hammerheads' head shape
might enable them to use their senses differently from other types of shark. They will conclude
by writing paragraphs answering the question: "What good is the 'hammer' for a
hammerhead shark?" Excellent

DOLPHIN DEMEANOR: EXPLORING DOLPHIN BEHAVIORS IN THE SCIENCE
CLASSROOM – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990706tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on dolphins for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students examine new evidence of
violent behavior in dolphins as a springboard for research on various dolphin behaviors, such
as communication, feeding patterns, group behaviors, parenting, navigation, and interactions
with humans.” Excellent

DUGONGS, ELEPHANTS AND EVOLUTION – LESSON PLAN                                   NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/ccdugong.html
A lesson plan on the similarities of dugongs to elephants for grades 6-8. “In this lesson,
students will compare and contrast the physical appearance and adaptations of dugongs with
those of elephants, and they'll consider the evolutionary relationship between these two animal
species. They will discuss how the dugong's adaptations have made it well suited to life in the
ocean, and they will conclude by writing paragraphs about the things they've discussed and
learned.” Excellent
EARTH’S WATERS – LESSON PLAN                        NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/earthswaters/
A lesson plan for grades K-5 on the oceans. “Students will • map the geography of the ocean
floor; • describe the different topographic features of the ocean floor; and • compare the
topography of the ocean floor to the topography of Earth above sea level. .” Includes
Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent

FINDING MONSTER WAVES – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/07/g68/wavesmonster.html
A lesson plan on ocean waves for grades 6-8. “In this lesson, students learn about the varying
sizes of ocean waves, what causes the variation, and where to find giant waves. Students will
learn the parts of a wave, and discuss wave height, wavelength, and wave period. They will
experiment with creating waves on the National Geographic Wave Simulator and discuss how
geography affects waves.” Excellent

FISH FARM: AN OPEN-ENDED, STUDENT-CENTERED LABORATORY ACTIVITY
                                                            NEW!
        http://www.accessexcellence.org/AE/AEC/AEF/1996/manerchia_fish.html
A classroom activity for junior/senior high students. “This activity has been developed in order
to provide students with an open ended problem to solve over an extended time period. The
goals are to promote critical thinking skills, team work skills, scientific problem solving skills,
computer literacy skills, and time management skills. It is intended that this exercise run
concurrently with the standard Biology curriculum. It can be extended throughout an entire
semester if need be. Students are told that we have been contacted by a fictitious company
which raises tropical fish in order for us to do some basic research for them so that they might
keep their production costs down. They need to know the optimum salinity in which to hatch
the brine shrimp that they use for food. To do the above students are required to design, write
and carry out an original laboratory protocol to determine the best salinity in which to hatch
the brine shrimp.” Excellent

FISH STORIES: EXPLORING THE PACIFIC RIM BY WRITING DOCUMENTARY
FILM TREATMENTS (FISHING INDUSTRY) – LESSON PLAN NEW!
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20040714wednesday.html?search
pv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on the fishing industries in Pacific Rim countries for grades 6-12. “In this lesson,
students conduct background research about a Pacific Rim country to develop a premise for a
documentary film about the fate of traditional fishing industries in the area.” Excellent




THE FISH TANK – LESSON PLANS
       http://members.aol.com/DonnAnCiv/TheFishTank.html#School
Lesson plans and activities for middle school students on fish and marine life. Sections: Fish
School, Fish Tales, Salmon, Hermit Crabs, Goldfish & Aquariums, Fish Arts & Crafts, Free
Fishy Fun, Marine Life Clipart and Marine Resources. Be sure to scroll down the page for info.
Excellent

THE FISH TRADE – LESSON PLAN                        NEW!
        http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/Lessons.cfm?DocID=73
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the fishing industry. “Introduce the lesson by saying:"We
have read that American consumers spend more than $46 billion each year on a wide variety
of fish and shellfish products. In fact, people around the world eat more fish than any other
type of animal protein. We will look at how fisheries contribute to global food security. We will
also examine the increasingly important and complementary role of aquaculture and inland
capture fisheries in fish production for human nutrition and poverty alleviation in many rural
areas." Excellent

FISHING FOR SOLUTIONS: PROPOSALS TO SOLVING THE GLOBAL
OVERFISHING PROBLEM…. - LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19990310wednesday.html?search
pv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on natural resources. “In this lesson, students investigate the
many ecological and economic issues related to overfishing the world's marine resources.
Working in committees, students will research the related topics of equipment and fishing
techniques, economic impact, 'by-catch,' environmental impact and pollution, and ecosystem
preservation, culminating in the drafting of statements addressed to the other committees and
to the United Nations regarding their topics and proposals.” Excellent

FROZEN SEAS – BLUE PLANET – LESSON PLAN                             NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/BP_frozenseas/
A lesson plan on the polar oceans for grades 6-8. “Students will • research the behavioral and
physical adaptations of an animal from the Arctic or Antarctic; and • create a poster and
make a presentation about the animal.” Note: We have the video. Order VT507066
Excellent

HARVESTING THE OCEAN FOR MEDICAL SCIENCE – LESSON PLAN NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/seasharvest.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on medicines from the sea. “This lesson introduces students to two
marine species, one (the horseshoe crab) that is currently invaluable in the field of medicine
and another (Bugula neritina) that is likely to prove beneficial in the future. Students will read
articles discussing these species and brainstorm the challenges and benefits of harvesting
them from the ocean. They will conclude by writing plans pretending they're scientists who are
going to harvest the species for medical purposes.” Excellent

IN THE COMPANY OF WHALES – LESSON PLAN                             NEW!
        http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/inthecompanyofwhales/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on whales. “Students will understand the following: 1. Whales
live in all the oceans of the world and migrate in search of food and appropriate breeding
grounds throughout the year. 2. Marine scientists are interested in tracking the movements of
whales so that they can study the effects of environmental changes on whale behavior.”
Includes Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent
INDIAN RIVER LAGOON COLORING BOOK                       NEW!
      http://www.sfwmd.gov/stude/cbtoc.htm
A huge coloring book to print out. Some of the pages: Blue Crabs, Cormorants, Whelks,
Loggerheads, Seahorses, Jellyfish and many more. Excellent

INTO THE OCEAN – LESSON PLAN                         NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/gk2/doubiletocean.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on the oceans and marine life. “Students are familiar with fish
and perhaps some other underwater animals, but have they ever thought about where in the
ocean these animals live? In this lesson, students will be encouraged to learn more about the
special adaptations of animals with which they are already familiar. It will introduce students
to different ocean depths and to the ways in which animals have adapted to live at different
depths. In the process, they will look at the photographs of David Doubilet and think about
how photography can help save the oceans.” Note: See A World of Moonlight and Kingdom
of Coral elsewhere in this list for photographs by David Doubilet. Excellent

IS THE ENVIRONMENT IN DEEP WATER? EXPLORING NATURAL AND HUMAN
THREATS ON FRESH WATER AND MARINE ECOSYSTEMS – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19991130tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on aquatic ecosystems for grades 6-12. “Students closely examine, in small
groups, various fresh water and marine ecosystems, researching the aquatic life they support,
threats from nature and humans, and preservation efforts. Each group then creates a model of
their researched water ecosystem that demonstrates both physical form and the natural and
human threats to this system.” Excellent

IT COMES IN WAVES: EXAMINING THE DIFFERENT ORIGINS OF TSUNAMI
WAVES AND RESEARCHING THE BEHAVIOR OF SOME RECENT TSUNAMIS –
LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020423tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on tsunamis for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students learn about the behavior
and different origins of tsunami waves, and they then research and chart the path of certain
tsunamis from recent history.” Excellent

LEATHERBACK SEA TURTLES AND THEIR SPECIAL COMPASSES – LESSON
PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/09/gk2/migrationturtles.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on sea turtles. “Students will learn some basic information about
leatherbacks and hypothesize why individual leatherbacks were able to find their way from
Costa Rica to the Galápagos Islands without any obvious navigational aids. They will learn to
use compasses and hear about research indicating that leatherbacks might have their own
internal compasses. Finally, students will draw pictures of people and leatherbacks navigating
the ocean and write paragraphs to explain their drawings.” Excellent

LESSON PLANS FOR OCEANOGRAPHY                             NEW!
       http://www.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/depts/edu/textbooks/ocean.html
A page of links to lesson plans on oceanography and marine life. Excellent
LIFE AT SEA: CAREERS IN MARINE SCIENCE – LESSON PLAN                           NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g68/thys.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on career opportunities in marine science. “This lesson will help
students learn more about recent advances in the study of sea life and how the people who do
this work may ultimately affect the sea—its health and inhabitants. Students will investigate
different careers in ocean study.” Excellent

LIGHTING UP THE SEA – LESSON PLAN                                 NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/seaslighting.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on light zones in the ocean. “Students will explore the reasons for
bioluminescence by conducting a simulation and viewing pictures of bioluminescent marine
animals on the Web. They will conclude by pretending to be deep sea divers and writing
journal entries about their impressions of a bioluminescent animal they have encountered.”
Excellent

NJ MARINE SCIENCES CONSORTIUM LESSON PLANS                          NEW URL!
       http://www.njmsc.org/Education/Lesson%20Plans/Lesson_Plans.htm
Twenty-five lesson plans on marine science topics with grade levels ranging from K-12.
Examples: Build-A-Fish, Clarity and Turbidity, Homes for Hermit Crabs, Mapping the Ocean
Floor. Excellent

THE OCEAN AND HUMAN MEDICINE – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/seasmed.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on finding medicines in the ocean. “Students may already know
that many plants have medicinal properties; in this lesson, they will learn that some marine
animals have also been shown to benefit humans medically. Students will learn about two
species of marine animal—Bugula neritina and the horseshoe crab—and their medical
benefits (or potential benefits). They will conclude by writing speeches discussing the
relationship between ocean health and human medicine.” Excellent

THE OCEAN AND WEATHER: EL NIÑO AND LA NIÑA – LESSON PLAN NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/15/g68/seasnino.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the how the weather and oceans interact. “In this lesson,
students will explore the weather phenomena El Niño and La Niña. They will learn about
when and where these weather changes occur, and about the effects they have on everything
in their wake.” Excellent

OCEAN ECOSYSTEMS – LESSON PLANS
       http://www.eagle.ca/~matink/themes/Biomes/oceans.html#LES
Links to oceanography websites and 24 lesson plans. Also in Websites section. Excellent

OCEAN EXPLORER – NOAA             - LESSON PLANS
       http://www.oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/about/about.html
Over 160lesson plans on ocean sciences. “Each hands-on lesson includes the following
sections: Focus Questions, Learning Objectives, Teaching Time, Seating Arrangement,
Background Information, a step-by-step Learning Procedure, The “Me” Connection,
Connections to Other Subjects, Evaluations, Extensions, Resources, Student Handouts, and
connections to daily expedition Web logs. Each activity is correlated to the National Science
Education Standards and has Adaptations for Teachers of Deaf Students.” Excellent

OCEAN OF KNOW - WEBQUESTS AND LESSON PLANS
       http://www.oceanofk.org/home.html
An online marine biology lab and lesson plan. Sections: Mission Statement, Technical Help &
Documentation, Sharks, Teacher’s Corner, Kids Guide, Ocean’s Creative Community and more.
Excellent




OCEAN QUEST 2004 – STUDY UNIT
       http://www.iwebquest.com/oceans/teachers2.htm
An entire unit of study on the oceans. Includes activities, experiments, links and more.
Excellent

OCEAN PLANET INTERDISCIPLINARY MARINE SCIENCE ACTIVITIES – LESSON
PLANS
        http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/ocean/main.html
Lesson plans from the Smithsonian on the ocean and marine life. Includes six lesson plans
consisting of an essay, procedure, student pages and resources. Excellent

OCEAN REPORT- GUIDE FOR EDUCATORS
        http://www.kidsnet.org/seaweb/
A major curriculum project on Ocean life for grades 4-8. “Amid the sounds of waves washing
on shore and seagulls crying, listeners of National Public Radio, Voice of America, and other
stations could hear short segments about the sea as part of The Ocean Report. These shorts
covered everything from incredible sea creatures to ocean conservation. Each report was a
timely, fact-packed mini-lesson-perfect for incorporating into any curriculum.
Now, KIDSNET and SeaWeb have compiled many of these shorts along with background
information and hands-on activities designed to help students in grades 4-8 discover how
important the ocean is in all our lives. Listed below are the three main parts of the guide.
Clicking on a link will take you to a menu of background topics and corresponding activities.
You can also find activities by clicking on the "Activities" link that appears at the top of every
page. Note that part three is a wrap-up for the entire guide and contains lots of ideas for
putting what students learn to work in your community. Part One: Precious, Threatened
Oceans Part Two: Teeming with Life: Amazing Ocean Creatures Part Three: Protecting
Our Seas: How You Can Help” Excellent

OCEANS AND UNDERSEA LIFE – THEMATIC UNIT
       http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Ocean.htm
A thematic unit for grades K-5 on the oceans and undersea life. Includes: Objectives, Classroom
Décor, Literature/English, Discussion Questions, Poetry/Songs, History/Social Studies, Math,
Health/Science, More Discussion Questions, Arts/Crafts, Internet Resources, Workbook/Activity
Resources, Video Resources, Sea-Faring Recipes, Book Selections, Interactive Multimedia,
Culminating Activity and Evaluation. Excellent
OCEANS – CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
       http://topex-www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/activities.html
Lots of classroom activities focusing on Climate, Oceans and Life. All deal in some way with
oceanography. Excellent

OCEANS - LESSON PLAN                        NEW!
        http://www.sciencenetlinks.org/lessons.cfm?DocID=162
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the oceans. “In earlier grades, students learn about weather,
oceans, and water as separate entities. As early as kindergarten, students complete exercises
such as measuring and keeping track of precipitation. In grades 3-5 through students learn
that water can change states: liquid water can evaporate and become a gas, and water vapor
becomes liquid due to temperature changes.
This lesson starts to bring the concepts mentioned above together with a focus on the water
cycle. The two-fold lesson begins with an experiment that demonstrates water evaporating and
coming back down. The lesson is meant to give students a general understanding of earth's
oceans. In the end, students should realize that water in the ocean evaporates into the
atmosphere and comes back down as precipitation. This lesson is a good introduction to future
lessons on weather and earth's climatic changes.” Excellent

OCEANS – LESSON PLANS & CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES                             NEW!
      http://edtech.kennesaw.edu/web/oceans.html
A page of links to websites, lesson plans, classroom activities and more. Excellent      Also in
Websites section

OCEANS OF DATA- INTERDISCIPLINARY MATH/SCIENCE UNIT FOR K-12
        http://mathforum.org/workshops/usi/dataproject/index.html
An interdisciplinary math/science project for K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. “offers the deep sea diving
records from the Ocean Planet Exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum
of Natural History along with a lesson for K to 12 students to explore the data. Students are
directed to create spread sheets and graphs, engage in discussion questions, and explore links
to related WWW ocean sites.” Includes a series of experiments and activities, all based on deep
ocean diving data. Excellent

ON THE ATTACK: EXPLORING HOW GOVERNMENT RESTRICTIONS,
OVERFISHING, AND ECOSYSTEM CHANGES AFFECTED SHARK BEHAVIOR IN
SUMMER 2001 – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010911tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on sharks for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students explore how government
restrictions and overfishing impact the ecosystems of sharks and contribute to or curb their
danger to humans. Students then synthesize their understanding of the issues by working in
groups to develop board games and by assessing games created by other groups” Excellent

OPEN OCEAN – BLUE PLANET – LESSON PLAN                               NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/BP_openocean/
A lesson plan on the open ocean for grades 6-8. “Students will • research facts about animal
species featured in the video; • prepare illustrated cards with facts; and • create a food-web
display.” Note: We have the video. Order VT507067 Excellent
PALAU: PARADISE OF THE PACIFIC – LESSON PLANS                           NEW!
        http://www.pbs.org/edens/palau/
A Living Eden site on Palau and its amazing underwater treasures. The Aquatic Classroom has
four lesson plans: Home Improvement: Building My Own Coral Reef; Fast Food, The Fish Way;
Catch a Moorish Idol; and Symbiosis: I’ll Help You if You Help Me. NOTE: You can order
the video from the AVA Center. VT507019 Excellent Also in the Websites section.

PILOT WHALES PLACE IN THE OCEAN – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/ccseaswhale.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on pilot whales. “This lesson asks students to consider why so
many whale species can survive within one area of the ocean. Different whale species feed at
different depths, and scientists believe that this difference is likely a major factor in permitting
so many species to live in one area. Students will discuss how this fact allows pilot whales to
thrive, and they will consider how Crittercam can be used to help us learn about pilot whales'
deepwater feeding behaviors. They will conclude by writing dialogues pretending that they are
scientists taking curious vacationers on a tour to see pilot whales and answering questions
about the whales' feeding behaviors and ecological niche.” Excellent

RESCUE AT SEA: MARINE CONSERVATION- A SCIENCE LESSON PLAN                                    -
LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/19980922tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on marine scientists for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students examine
stereotypes that they may have regarding scientists. Students then read and discuss 'Scientist
at Work: High Seas Hunter Pleads for Preservation of Fish' and reflect on the work of a
Marine Conservationist and how one particular scientist 'breaks the mold' of their previous
concepts of scientists.” Excellent

RESPECT THE BEACH – LESSON PLANS                           NEW URL!
       http://www.surfrider.org/programs/respectthebeach.asp
 “Respect the Beach is a coastal educational program that includes field trips, classroom
lectures, handouts, video, interactive computer applications and hands-on projects designed to
teach ocean safety, marine ecology and coastal areas stewardship to K-12 students and
community groups.” Includes two sets of activity plans for elementary students: Beachology
and Watershed Works. Excellent

SABLE ISLAND’S SEALS, SHARKS AND SAND LANCES – LESSON PLAN
                                                             NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/ccsable.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on seals and sharks on Sable Island. “Crittercam has helped
scientists discover that both gray and harbor seals feed on the same prey—tiny fish called sand
lances. Their feeding behaviors, however, are different. While harbor seals follow schools of
sand lances and eat fish that have strayed from the school, gray seals dig into the sandy ocean
floor to find fish hiding there.
In this lesson, students will discuss the concept of competition in nature and will learn about
competition between these two seal species on Sable Island. They'll conclude by drawing food
chains showing sharks, seals, and sand lances and writing paragraphs explaining what their
food chains show.” Excellent
SAVING OUR OCEANS – LESSON PLAN                           NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/activities/18/oceans.html
A lesson plan adaptable for middle to senior high students on the world’s oceans. “You have
been invited to lead the International Oceanographic Conference in Oslo, Norway. Over one
hundred of your fellow oceanographers will attend. The problem is, with so many different
specialties in the field—from geological to biological oceanography—the oceanographers at
the conference are finding it difficult to understand what their colleagues are studying, let
alone to grasp the ocean as an entire, diverse system!” There are activities suggested for
younger and older students. Excellent

THE SCIENCE OF THE DEEP SEA – LESSON PLAN                        NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g912/ballardscience.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the deep sea. “This lesson will teach students about
conducting science experiments based on theories and using rigorous scientific principles.
They should learn about the ways in which scientific investigation is used in the "real world."
This lesson asks students to consider the theories and methods Robert Ballard may have used
in some of his recent deep-sea investigations.” Excellent

THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD IN UNDERSEA ARCHEOLOGY – LESSON PLAN
                                                           NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/17/g912/methods.html
A lesson plan on underwater archeology for grades 9-12. “Current theory says that during the
Ice Age, the Black Sea was an isolated freshwater lake surrounded by farmland that was
eventually flooded. This lesson asks students to analyze how the scientific method has been
used in studies of the Black Sea. Students will diagram the steps the scientists took to test one
of their hypotheses concerning the flooding, and they will outline two other hypotheses and
the steps that were taken to test them. They will conclude by writing a research plan for future
studies.” Excellent

SEA ANIMAL THEME WEBQUESTS, ACTIVITIES AND PUZZLES NEW!
       http://www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/wes/webquests_themes/sea_webquest_corinne_2002
/sea_theme.html
A collection of webquests for elementary students on sea animals plus resource sites and loads of
puzzles and games. Excellent

A SEA-NIC PERSPECTIVE: CREATING A CLASSROOM OCEAN EXHIBIT TO
INCREASE AWARENESS OF MARINE HEALTH AND SUSTAINABILITY – LESSON
PLAN                                                          NEW!
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20030729tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on the health of the world’s oceans. “In this lesson, students
brainstorm topics related to the health of our world's oceans. They then create presentations
about specific issues affecting oceans for display in a classroom exhibit. They then write
letters of invitation to guests to view the exhibit.” Excellent
SEA NO EVIL: INVESTIGATING MARINE LIFE AT VARIOUS DEPTHS - LESSON
PLAN
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20010102tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on sea life for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students research the characteristics
of marine life at different ocean depths. They then use their findings as the basis for a
classroom 'Life Under the Sea' museum exhibit.” Excellent

SEASONAL SEAS – BLUE PLANET – LESSON PLAN                          NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/BP_seasonalseas/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the seasonal changes in the oceans. “Students will • research a
marine invertebrate and create an illustrated report; and • contribute to a classroom exhibit.”
Note: We have the video. Order VT507068         Excellent

SHARKS – LESSON PLAN                         NEW!
        http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/ultimateguide-sharks/
A lesson plan on sharks for grades 6-9. “Students will understand the following: 1. Sharks
exhibit a wide variety of adaptations that help them survive in their habitats.” Includes
Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent

SHARKS: SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT – LESSON PLAN NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g912/recordsharks.html
A lesson plan on sharks for grades 9-12. “In this lesson, students will investigate sharks'
importance to the ecosystem, recent shark attacks and legislation regarding shark feeding, and
the geographical distribution of shark attacks in the United States. Students will write outlines
for TV programs to educate the public about sharks.” Excellent

THE SHEDD AQUARIUM – EDUCATIONAL ADVENTURES                             NEW!
       http://www.sheddaquarium.org/SEA/index.cfm
“Shedd Educational Adventures (SEA) contains a treasure trove of aquatic science resources
for K-12 teachers and students. SEA brings the Philippines to life for your students with fact
sheets and multimedia interactives based on the Wild Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.
Dive into the SEA today!” Includes 8 lesson plans plus 6 Interactive Activities and an
Explorer’s Guide. Excellent

SOLVING THE SEA TURTLE MYSTERY – LESSON PLAN                                NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/ccloggerhead.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on sea turtles. “An incredible diversity of marine life lives in
Western Australia's Shark Bay, an ecosystem of great interest to marine scientists. Scientists
have studied the differences between green sea turtles and loggerhead sea turtles in this area.
These turtles have quite different physiques, diets, and diving and breathing patterns. This last
factor in particular accounts for the green sea turtle being ten times less likely to be eaten by a
tiger shark than the loggerhead turtle.
Students will consider the reasons for this significant difference in vulnerability between the
green turtle and the loggerhead turtle. They will be asked to think critically about hints they'll
be given concerning Shark Bay's sea turtles and their ability to evade tiger sharks.
The Suggested Assessment in this lesson asks students to draw time lines showing the
differences between the turtle species' breathing times. The students will then write
paragraphs describing their time lines and explaining how the Crittercam study might help sea
turtle conservation efforts.” Excellent

SUBMARINES: THE CLASSROOM FLEET – LESSON PLAN                           NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/13/gk2/k19subs.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on traveling underwater. “This lesson introduces students to the
submarine as a means of travel under the sea, and to the challenges humans face when
traveling underwater. Students will learn that submarines, like other boats, can travel on the
surface of the sea, but they can also submerge to travel underwater. They will look at pictures
of submarines on National Geographic's K-19 and Other Subs in Peril Web site, and review
the basic construction of submarines and the underwater environment in which they travel.
Students will conclude by creating a mural in their classroom featuring a fleet of their own
model submarines and examples of marine life that might be encountered on a journey under
the sea.” Excellent

SUNKEN HAZARD: INVESTIGATING POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF THE PRESTIGE
OIL SPILL – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20021120wednesday.html?search
pv=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on ocean pollution for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students will use information
about past oil spills to predict potential effects of the Prestige spill on the environment, on
marine life, and on the human culture and economy of northwestern coastal Spain. Students
will take on the roles of experts giving advice to the emergency management team that is
handling the oil spill off the coast of Spain, preparing presentations to outline the potential
risks to the environment, marine life, and the human culture and economy in Galicia.”
Excellent

TAKING CARE OF OUR OCEANS – LESSON PLAN                            NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/gk2/seascare.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on the relationship of man to the oceans. “High coastal population
densities have an impact on marine life, such as sea turtles and manatees. In this lesson,
students will consider why so many people live near the coast and learn about the impacts of
this trend on ocean animals. They will make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors
about human impacts on marine life.” Excellent

TALKING TRASH ABOUT THE OCEANS: CREATING A COMMUNITY SERVICE
CAMPAIGN TO STOP OFFSHORE DUMPING – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20000718tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan for grades 6-12 on pollution. “In this lesson, students create a community service
advertising campaign that raises awareness about the importance of keeping trash out of the
marine ecosystem. Students work in teams to create different ad campaigns geared toward
particular target audiences. Students implement their plans by producing posters promoting
their messages.” Excellent
TIDAL SEAS – BLUE PLANET – LESSON PLAN                      NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/BP_tidalseas/
A lesson plan on the changes in the oceans due to the changing of the tides for grades 6-8.
“Students will • discuss specific examples of how tides affect the hunting, survival, or breeding
behaviors of animals; and • work in pairs to create their own "Tidal Trivia" game.” Note:
We have the video. Order VT507069 Excellent

TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: RESEARCH IN POLAR SEAS – LESSON PLAN
                                                                           NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/01/g68/earth.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the polar seas. “Winter darkness, intense cold, and ice cover
have hindered explorations at the Poles, and the oceans around them are the most remote and
least explored on Earth. The Arctic Ocean is water surrounded by land; the Antarctic
continent is frozen land surrounded by water. But both climates and the hardships they impose
defied explorers until the 20th century. Even now, polar exploration is limited to summer
months. In this lesson students will learn about famous explorers of the polar regions and
have a simulated polar exploration of their own.” Excellent

TREASURES @ SEA: EXPLORING THE OCEAN THROUGH LITERATURE
                                                                   NEW!
        http://www.fi.edu/fellows/fellow8/dec98/main.html
A unit of study that uses books and weblinks to teach about the ocean. See Teacher’s Place to
get started. “Teachers: This Web resource about oceans is written to be adaptable to the
teacher's needs. It can be used as a complete unit, as a module for inclusion in a larger study
or each component can be used independently. The activities are sorted by the book they
compliment but could be used with any unit on the ocean.” Includes: Book Activities, Writing
Activities, Diving for Treasure, Interactive Activities, Art Activities, Web Resources, Teacher’s
Place and Start Here. Excellent

A TRIP TO THE BEACH? – LESSON PLAN                         NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g68/beachshark.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on sharks. “In this lesson, students will investigate the truth
behind common myths about sharks and shark attacks. Students will learn why sharks are
important members of the ecosystem. They will also consider the ways humans should modify
their habits to account for the presence of sharks, particularly in popular beach areas.
Students will conclude by writing letters explaining to family or friends why it is generally safe
to take a beach vacation to Florida, despite recent news reports of shark attacks.” Excellent

UNDER THE DEEP BLUE SEA – LESSON PLAN                             NEW!
        http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=245
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on the oceans and ocean life. “This lesson gives students the
opportunity to explore oceans and ocean life. After locating the earth's major oceans on a
world map, students will "dive underwater" to discover the plants and animals that live in the
sea. Students will listen to stories and poems with oceanic settings and learn about the forms
of sea life featured in each. They can add their own artwork and text about ocean animals and
plants to a cut-away ocean display. Finally, students will engage in various forms of creative
writing about the ocean and ocean life.” Excellent
UNDERSTANDING OCEANS – LESSON PLAN                                 NEW!
        http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/oceans/
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the world’s oceans. “Students will understand the following:
1. All the oceans on Earth are really one “world ocean.” 2. Warmer water from the oceans
around the equator rises to the top, while colder water from the oceans around the poles sinks
to the bottom. 3. Ocean currents are caused by the rising and sinking of warmer and colder
water. 4. Ocean currents affect weather and life all over the globe.” Includes Discussion
Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent

USING MAPS IN OCEAN RESEARCH – LESSON PLAN                    NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/03/g68/seasgis68.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on ocean research. “In this lesson, students will consider a
number of ocean research scenarios and determine how mapping might help answer questions
related to that research.” Excellent

THE WATER COLUMN: WHERE DO OCEAN ANIMALS BELONG? – LESSON
PLAN                                 NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/seascolumn.html
A lesson plan on the water column for grades 3-5. “In this lesson, students will learn about
three broad ocean habitats—the intertidal zone, the open ocean, and the abyss—and find out
about some specific adaptations animals have made in each of these regions. They will
conduct Web research and list some of the things they notice about animal adaptations in the
ocean. Students will conclude by designing games to help other students match species and
their adaptations to appropriate parts of the ocean.” Excellent

A WHALE OF A DIFFERENCE: EXPLORING DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES ON
COMMERCIAL WHALING IN JAPAN - LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20020529wednesday.html?search
pv=learning_lessons
A lesson on whales for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students research various perspectives on
Japan's commercial whaling industry and formulate position papers representing these
views.” Excellent




A WHALE OF A PROBLEM: INVESTIGATING THE EFFECTS OF TOURISM AND
OTHER VARIABLES ON THE KILLER WHALE POPULATION – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/lessons/20011016tuesday.html?searchpv
=learning_lessons
A lesson plan on killer whales for grades 6-12. “In this lesson, students will evaluate the
possible causes contributing to the decline of the killer whale population from a number of
differing perspectives. Students then present their findings in a talk show format and in letters
of advocacy regarding the killer whale's inclusion in or exclusion from the endangered species
list.” Excellent
WHALES – BLUBBER FAT JACKET CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
       http://www.rom.on.ca/wwatch/teachers-kit/fat.html
Why is blubber a good insulator? Students find out when they use “blubber” to insulate them
from ice. Excellent

WHALES – LESSON PLAN                        NEW!
       http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/ultimateguide-whales/
A lesson plan on whales for grades 6-8. “Students will understand the following: 1. There are
many different kinds of whales. 2. The two main types are baleen whales and toothed
whales.” Includes Discussion Questions, Links, Suggested Readings and more. Excellent

WHALES – TEACHER RESOURCE KIT                              NEW!
       http://www.rom.on.ca/wwatch/teachers-kit/home.html
A collection of lesson plans and web links on whales for primary to junior high school students.
Includes 15 lesson plans, Legend – Origin of the Killer Whale, Other Activities, Fat Jacket, and
Whale Size. Note: It includes information about a video which is not included. See the AVA
Website for our catalog – search keyword “whales”. Excellent

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT NURSE SHARK MATING? - LESSON PLAN NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/ccnurseshark.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on nurse sharks. “Students will learn some basic information
about nurse sharks and see photographs of scientists conducting nurse shark studies (from
articles such as Crittercams Provide Insights into Nurse Shark Behavior). Students will work
in groups to draw pictures of discoveries that scientists have made about nurse shark mating
and reproduction, and they will consider the potential benefits of these studies for ocean
conservation.” Excellent

WHAT’S WRONG WITH THE OCEANS? CAN PHOTOGRAPHY HELP?– LESSON
PLAN                               NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g912/doubiletwrong.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on the environmental problems facing the world’s oceans.
“Students at this level should be continuing their studies of the world's environmental
problems and the factors that contribute to these problems, as well as learning about and
hypothesizing potential solutions. In this lesson, students will research environmental
problems facing the world's oceans and will think about how the art of photography can help
solve these problems, using David Doubilet's photography as an example.” Excellent

WHO SEES THE SEAS AS IMPORTANT? – LESSON PLAN                             NEW!
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/06/gk2/thys.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on the oceans. “In this lesson, students will learn about some
people who think the ocean is so important that they have devoted their lives to studying it and
its inhabitants. Students will learn about a specific type of fish, and compare it to other fish
using information gathered by people who are studying these animals.” Excellent
WHY DO WHALES MAKE SOUNDS? – LESSON PLAN                                 NEW!
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/ccwhalesounds.html
A lesson plan on whales for grades 3-5. “Students will learn about the vocalizations of several
whale species and the special calls of different populations of blue whales. They'll be asked to
learn snippets of whale calls and to simulate whales trying to locate each other in the ocean.
The students will conclude by drawing pictures of whales vocalizing and by writing captions
explaining what their pictures show.” Excellent

WOODS HOLE SEA EDUCATION ASSOCIATION LESSON PLANS
        http://www.sea.edu/k12LessonPlans/k12pgmtop.htm
A long list of K-12 lesson plan on the oceans and sea life from the Woods Hole Oceanography
Institute. Excellent

WORLD BUILDERS – BUILD YOUR OWN WORLD – CURRICULUM UNITS NEW!
        http://curriculum.calstatela.edu/courses/builders/index.html
A curriculum that allows students to build their own world. The sections that apply to the oceans
and marine life are: Seaweeds, Aquatic Zoology and Under Water Communities. Each is a full
curriculum unit. Includes Helpful Websites, Science Notes, Study Questions and more.
Excellent


ANIMAL COLORING PAGES                             NEW!
       http://www.coloring.ws/animals.html
Coloring pages to print out. Included: Crabs, Dolphins, Eels, Fish, Octopus, Seals, Turtles and
Whales. Some have multiple pages. Very Good

AQUARIUM HABITATS – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/aquarium.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on aquarium habitats. “In this lesson, students will consider the
ways that people attempt to create aquariums that provide realistic habitats for marine
animals. They will use the Internet to "visit" three aquarium habitats and determine whether
these aquariums succeed in providing high-quality environments for the animals that live in
them. Students will conclude by designing their own aquarium habitats based on what they
have learned.” Very Good

ARE SHARKS AS DANGEROUS AS WE THINK THEY ARE? – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g35/dangershark.html
A lesson plan about sharks for grades 3-5 in which students study shark behavior and they real
threat they pose compared to the myths. Very Good

BELUGA WHALES IN THE ICE – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/09/gk2/migrationbeluga.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on beluga whales. “Students will view and sketch photographs of
ice at different stages of thickness, look at pictures of belugas, and discuss how belugas'
bodies are adapted to life in the ice. They will conclude by writing and illustrating paragraphs
about how belugas survive in the ice and where the whales go when the ice becomes too
thick.” Very Good
THE BEST HOPE FOR NORTHERN RIGHT WHALES – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g912/righthope.html
A lesson plan on right whales for grades 9-12. “This lesson asks students to research current
and proposed methods of assisting the recovery of northern right whale populations. Students
will conduct Internet research to investigate the best strategies to help save right whales.”
Very Good

BOUNCY BLUBBER – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=10
A lesson plan in which students look at the current research that shows that marine mammal
blubber may serve more functions than as insulation to keep the animals warm. Very Good




COLLABORATIVE THEMATIC UNIT – WHALES
        http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/whales.htm
A unit for grades K-3 on whales. Very Good

CORAL BLEACHING: MAKING OUR OCEANS WHITER – LESSON PLAN
         http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/04/g68/bowercoral.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students study coral reefs and determine the factors that
are killing the corals and possible ways to halt further destruction. Very Good

ECHOES: WHAT ANIMALS CAN TEACH SCIENTISTS - LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/gk2/ballardechoes.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on sonar. “In this lesson, students will learn how scientists like
Robert Ballard use sonar to investigate the depths of the ocean. They will learn that some
animals have an unusual way of figuring out what is around them in the dark. They will study
the echolocation capabilities of bats and think about how ocean scientists can learn from these
animals to develop deep-sea exploration techniques.” Very Good

FISH AREN’T AFRAID OF THE DARK - LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/gk2/seasfish.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on light zones in the ocean. “In this lesson, students will be
introduced to the concept of bioluminescence and will consider how animals benefit from
having their own light sources. They will look at pictures of bioluminescent marine animals,
and will conclude by making collages or writing stories pretending they have just seen
bioluminescent animals from a deep sea vehicle.” Very Good

FOOD WEBS IN THE BAY – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/Lessons.cfm?DocID=97
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students examine the aquatic ecosystem of a bay and the
plants and animals that live there. Very Good
GREAT BARRIER REEF – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g912/geoactreef.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 in which students examine coral reefs and their importance to the
ecosystem and conservation efforts. Very Good

INTO THE OCEAN – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/gk2/doubiletocean.html
A lesson plan in which students study the different ecosystems within the oceans and the kinds of
adaptations animals and plants have developed to allow them to exist at the various depths and
conditions. Very Good

INTRODUCTION TO WAVES – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/07/gk2/wavesintro.html
A lesson plan for primary students in which they study what causes ocean waves and the
components of waves. Very Good

LIGHTING UP THE SEA – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g35/seaslighting.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on bioluminescence. “Students will explore the reasons for
bioluminescence by conducting a simulation and viewing pictures of bioluminescent marine
animals on the Web. They will conclude by pretending to be deep sea divers and writing
journal entries about their impressions of a bioluminescent animal they have encountered.”
Very Good

LIMPET IDENTIFICATION LAB – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Biology/BIO0038.html
A lesson plan for grades 9-12 on intertidal life forms. “OVERVIEW: One of the great goals of
biologists through the ages has been to collect and identify as many new animals as possible.
The oceans of the world are abundant with life forms different from terrestrial life. The
intertidal areas, where land and ocean meet, are even more richly inhabited with life. There
are many varieties of limpets found in the intertidal areas, suitable for this laboratory.
PURPOSE: Students of today need to experience the "awe" of new life forms and to develop
distinguishing or key characteristics to aid in their study of life. Limpets provide an unusual
example with the variation needed to develop identification characteristics in similar animals.”
Very Good

MAKE A WHALE MOBILE – CLASS ACTIVITY
       http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/whalemobile.shtml
A class activity with Templates, a Materials List, and Instructions for making a whale mobile.
Very Good

MARINE SANCTUARIES – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/lessons.cfm?DocID=273
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students learn about marine sanctuaries, their importance
and their function. Very Good
NOAA SPECIALLY FOR TEACHERS - LESSON PLANS
        http://www.education.noaa.gov/teachers.html
A large number of teacher resources including lesson plans, links, and all kinds of other
resources. Sections: Weather, Climate Change and Our Planet, Oceans and Coasts, Satellites and
Space, and Training and Other Opportunities & External Links. Check out the Training section
for Resources for Teachers – Ideas for the Classroom. Very Good Note: Also in Websites
section.

OCEAN CONSERVATION: GETTING THE WORD OUT WITH PHOTOGRAPHS –
LESSON PLAN
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g68/doubiletconserve.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on ocean conservation. “This lesson will help students understand
that geography is not just a school subject but also an important field that enables people to
make sense of the world and prepare for the future. Students will think about how various
geographical pursuits can help in this planning process. They will concentrate on how
photography can contribute to the process by looking at pictures by undersea photographer
David Doubilet.” Very Good

OCEAN CRAFTS                  NEW!
       http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/ocean/
A page of ocean craft ideas for primary students. Includes a whale mobile, ocean diorama, paper
mache octopus and more. Very Good

OCEAN EXPLORATION MUSEUM – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g35/ballardmuseum.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 in which students learn about the latest findings in oceanographic
research and study the work of Dr. Robert Ballard, an oceanographic explorer. Very Good

OCEAN IN A BOTTLE – LESSON PLAN
       http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/activity/ocean/oc-1.html
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 from the Franklin Institute showing students that our oceans are a
closed system. Very Good

OCEAN-THEMED MATH PAGES                          NEW!
       http://www.kidzone.ws/math/ocean/index.htm
Printable math worksheets for grades K-5. Very Good




AN ORCA ODYSSEY – LESSON PLAN
       http://schoolcentral.com/whale/htm/TeacherHome.htm
A lesson plan for upper elementary students studying the life cycle of the orca whale. Very
Good
PILOT WHALES SOCIAL BEHAVIOR – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g68/ccseaswhale.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on pilot whales. “Pilot whales are extremely social animals, living
in pods that sometimes contain hundreds of individuals. Their social bonding is so strong that
they sometimes follow each other to their deaths upon beaches, an event which happened in
2002 on Cape Cod. Students will learn about pilot whales' sociability and bonding and will
consider how Crittercam might help scientists learn more about their social behaviors.
Students will write research plans proposing questions that scientists could ask when using
Crittercam to study pilot whale social behavior in deep water.” Very Good

THE PROS AND CONS OF ARTIFICIAL REEFS – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/08/g912/artificialreefs.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on artificial reefs, how they are created, how they function and
whether we should continue to create them. Very Good

RIGHT WHALES AND PEOPLE – LESSON PLAN
         http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/gk2/rightpeople.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on right whales. “This lesson introduces students to a highly
endangered species—the northern right whale—and asks them to think about how this
species' geographical distribution places it in direct contact with human threats such as ships.
Students will draw pictures of right whales and add commercial ships and other human
activities to their drawings. They will conclude by writing sentences explaining how the whales
they have drawn might be affected by the human activities and what might be done to help the
whales.” Very Good

SHARK SURPRISE – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
       http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/fishy/shark1.html
Students create a deck of cards with fish pictures on them. They then play a matching card
game. Very Good

SLICK SEA SPILLS – LESSON PLAN
         http://sln.fi.edu/tfi/activity/earth/earth-2.html
A lesson plan for grades 4-6 from the Franklin Institute on what happens in an oil spill and how
it affects the ecosystem. Very Good

SOMETHING FISHY – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Animals/ANM0053.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-9 on fish. “This lesson affords students an opportunity to synthesize
what they have learned about the anatomy of fish with their knowledge of ocean environments
and organism's methods of adapting to survive. The problem can be expanded to include other
sea creatures and environments.” Very Good

SOMETHING FISHY: LIFE CYCLE OF A SALMON – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Animals/ANM0204.html
An Ask Eric lesson plan for grades 3-5 on the life cycle of a salmon. Very Good
SUBMARINES: THE CLASSROOM FLEET – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/13/gk2/k19subs.html
A lesson plan for grades K-2 on submarines. “This lesson introduces students to the submarine
as a means of travel under the sea, and to the challenges humans face when traveling
underwater. Students will learn that submarines, like other boats, can travel on the surface of
the sea, but they can also submerge to travel underwater. They will look at pictures of
submarines on National Geographic's K-19 and Other Subs in Peril Web site, and review the
basic construction of submarines and the underwater environment in which they travel.
Students will conclude by creating a mural in their classroom featuring a fleet of their own
model submarines and examples of marine life that might be encountered on a journey under
the sea.” Very Good

TRASH TRAITS – MARINE DEBRIS – LESSON PLANS                            NEW!
       http://www.marine.usf.edu/beachbuddies/background.html
Information on the problem of marine debris, what constitutes trash, and what to do about it.
Developed for Tampa Bay but adaptable to New Jersey’s coast. Includes Background and 4
Lesson Plans. Very Good

UNDER THE SEA – INFORMATION AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES NEW!
       http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Atrium/5924/underthesea.htm
Information for elementary students about marine life and the oceans. Includes Fishy Tales and
Fishy Fun. Very Good

UNDERWATER ANIMALS – LESSON PLAN
      http://school.discovery.com/lessonplans/programs/exploringunderwater/
A Discovery School lesson plan for grades K-5 on underwater animals such as whales. Very
Good

USING PHOTOGRAPHY TO HELP SAVE THE OCEANS – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/18/g35/doubiletphoto.html
Students view the photography of David Doubilet and other underwater photographers and see
how photographs can teach us about our impact on the oceans. They then choose one of the
creatures shown to study. Very Good

WHALES – A THEMATIC WEB UNIT
      http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/Whales/home.html
A thematic web unit for cooperative learning across an integrated curriculum. Table of
Contents: Teacher Resources, Student Activities, Whale Projects, Internet Resources and more.
Very Good

WHO PAYS THE PRICE WHEN A SEA DISAPPEARS? – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g68/disappear.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 on the Aral Sea. “This lesson asks students to learn about the
problems in the Aral Sea region and to discover how the sea's water loss is affecting specific
groups of people, such as babies and fishers. They will work in groups to prepare statements
that these people might make, and will present their statements to a mock United Nations
panel.” Very Good
WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE MANATEES – LESSON PLANS
       http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/14/g68/manateeworking.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-8 in which students study the impact of humans on manatee
populations and write speeches urging manatee protection. Very Good


ALL ABOUT FISH – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Animals/ANM0210.html
A lesson plan on fish for 1st grade. “This activity can be used to supplement a unit about fish.
After learning about the characteristics of fish, students create a class Venn diagram
comparing and contrasting humans and fish.” Good

CORAL REEF 3D ART – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
        http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Interdisciplinary/INT0087.html
A lesson plan on coral reefs for grades 1-5. “Students will learn about the animals and plants
found in a coral reef by class discussion, pictures, short films and other visual materials. They
will then be asked to create their own 3D model of a coral reef.” Good

FINS, FLIPPERS AND BLOWHOLES – LESSON PLAN
http://connectedteacher.classroom.com/lessonplans/content/TWI_SC_K6_FinsLP.pdf
An elementary lesson plan on whales with information on determining the difference between
whales and sharks. Includes Lesson Plan and Activity Sheet. Good

INTO THE SPECTACULAR SEA – CLASS PROJECT                            NEW!
       http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/teach/into_the_sea.html
A class project for grades 5-6 in which students create a mural about coral reefs. Good

MAKING WAVES – LESSON PLAN                       NEW!
       http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/guides/marshallislands/miwaves.html
A lesson plan for grades 6-9 on wave action. “To arouse your students interest in ocean
phenomena, set out a "wave bottle." (A wave bottle imitates the motion of waves using the
action of a liquid -- a mixture of water and mineral oil. See the directions below on how to
make a "wave bottle".)” Good

THE MARINE FOOD CHAIN – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.engagingscience.org/lessons/5424259.asp
A lesson plan for grades 3-7 on the marine food chain. Good

OCEAN ANIMALS – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.eduref.org/cgi-
bin/printlessons.cgi/Virtual/Lessons/Science/Animals/ANM0042.html
A lesson plan on marine life for grades K-2. “The students will be able to identify pictures of
animals verbally. The students will be able to match animal pictures.” Good
OCEAN CRAFTS FOR KIDS – CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES                               NEW!
       http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/ocean.html
A collection of crafts such as mobiles, and paper mache crafts for primary students. Good

OCEAN CURRENTS – LESSON PLAN
        http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ScienceOceanCurrents78.htm
A lesson plan for grades 7-8 on ocean currents. “Students will be divided into 5 groups.
Each group will be assigned so many grams of salt, a color, and specific temperature of water
for mixing in the 100 ml beakers. (Note: The water temperature should be approx. 50 degrees
in the half filled fish tank.) Each group will be creating a table to record the following data:
Weight of the beaker. Weight of the beaker and water at the assigned temperature in degrees
Fahrenheit before adding the salt. Weight of the beaker and water weight at assigned
temperature in degrees Fahrenheit after adding the salt.” Good

THE OCEAN FLOOR – SCIENCE ACTIVITY                          NEW!
       http://atozteacherstuff.com/pages/492.shtml
A classroom activity for grades 4-8 in which students create a model of the ocean floor. Good

OCEAN FLOOR MAPPING – SEEING SOUND AND SONAR LESSON PLAN
       http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci025.html
A lesson plan for grades 7-8 in which students see how sonar is used to map the ocean floor.
Good

OCEAN MOBILE – CRAFT                         NEW!
        http://www.dltk-kids.com/animals/moceanmobile.html
A craft project for primary students in which they make a mobile with an ocean theme. Good

OCEAN PATTERNS – LESSON PLAN                              NEW!
       http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/Lessons/2856.htm
A lesson plan showing how waves and the tide affect the Earth. For elementary students. Good

OCEANOGRAPHY CLASS QUILT - ACTIVITY
      http://pao.cnmoc.navy.mil/educate/neptune/lesson/art/quilt.htm
A classroom activity involving creating a quilt with each square showing a topic from
oceanography such as marine animals, waves, etc. Good

OCEANS - EARTH SCIENCE LESSON PLANS                               NEW!
        http://www.hesd.k12.ca.us/resource/Ocean/Default.htm
A brief collection of lesson plans on the oceans. Good

RESCUE AT SEA – LESSON PLAN                                 NEW!
       http://www.nasaexplores.com/show_k4_teacher_st.php?id=03010991341
A lesson plan for grades K-4 on the effects of wind on a rescue at sea. Good
SALMON HOMING INSTINCTS – LESSON PLAN
       http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci002.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-9 on the homing instincts of salmon. “In this activity students can
experience first hand what it is like to be a returning salmon attempting to find its home by
smell. This activity provides for the entire class to participate in the life cycle of the Pacific
salmon and the hazards of their journey.” Good

SEARCH FOR THE HUMPBACK WHALE – CLASSROOM ACTIVITY
       http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/ocean/humpback.html
A classroom activity for middle school students on humpback whales. Good

UNDERSTANDING WAVES – LESSON PLAN
       http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci073.html
A lesson plan for grades 3-5 on waves. “Children are to understand the terms "crest " and
"trough" as related to waves. They are to use a hands-on method using toys to become aware
that waves are in air, water and light.” Good

WHALE ECHOLOCATION LESSON PLAN
       http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci165.html
A lesson plan for grades 2-4 on how whales use echolocation to track an object. Good

WHY IS THE SEA SALTY? – LESSON PLAN
       http://ofcn.org/cyber.serv/academy/ace/sci/cecsci/cecsci166.html
A lesson plan for K-3 on seawater. “For students to observe how salt concentration
increases in water. Also, how the salt remains after the water evaporates.” Good

ZAPPING FISH – LESSON PLAN
       http://www.sciencenetlinks.com/sci_update.cfm?DocID=54
A lesson plan in which students learn why fish do not get electrocuted when lightning strikes the
water. Good




                                  WEBQUESTS
BARRIER ISLANDS: TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD? – WEBQUEST NEW!
       http://www.glencoe.com/sec/science/webquest/content/barrierisland.shtml
A webquest for junior/senior high students on the development controversy about barrier islands.
“Your job in this WebQuest is to develop an educated opinion as to whether or not people
should build permanent structures on barrier islands. You will need to learn about the
geological and physical nature of barrier islands, and how barrier islands change over time.
You will look at development of barrier islands and find out how the beaches on these islands
are maintained. You will find out how different states handle the protection or development of
their barrier islands. You will also find out what happens to permanent structures that are
built on barrier islands. Finally, you will form an opinion as to whether permanent structures
should be built on barrier islands.
Once you have done your research, you will prepare an open letter to the editor of a
newspaper in which you outline what you have learned about barrier islands and state your
opinion on whether permanent structures should be built there. Your letter should include
information about the geology and ecology of barrier islands as well as the changes they are
subject to. Your goal is to convince readers of the newspaper that your conclusion is correct,
and to encourage them to write to the appropriate agencies in support of your position.” Note:
We found one broken link on this site. Excellent

BLACK SMOKERS WEBQUEST
        http://science.uniserve.edu.au/school/quests/hydroventwq.html
A webquest for middle/junior students on hydrothermal vents. “In this WebQuest you will be
working together with a group of students in class. Each group will answer the Task or
Quest(ion). As a member of the group you will explore Web pages from people all over the
world who know about 'Black Smokers'. Because these are real Web pages we're tapping into,
not things made just for schools, the reading level might challenge you. Feel free to use the
online Webster dictionary or one in your classroom. You'll begin with everyone in your
group getting some background before dividing into roles where people on your team become
experts on one part of the topic.” Excellent

DIVE TECHNOLOGY, INC. – LOOKING FOR SHIPWRECKS AND BUCCANEER
TREASURE – WEBQUEST                                NEW!
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/mission/divetech/
A webquest on underwater technology for high school students. “Welcome to Dive Technology
Inc. With the help of the modern technology of submersibles, robotic submersibles, and the
Internet, our company finds and recovers ships that have been on the ocean floor for years.
As a new employee in the Research Department of our company, you will use the Internet to
help us find shipwrecks that could possibly contain gold and other treasures.” Note: We found
a couple of broken links on this site. Excellent

GRAY WHALE – WEBQUEST
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/encanto/graywhale/
A webquest on gray whales for elementary students. “You are going to become an expert on
California gray whales. You will visit several sites on the internet to learn about these huge
mammals. After your tour of the internet you will teach what you have learned to a partner in
another class. Teach your partners well so that they can do well on your test. We hope you will
enjoy and appreciate these special animals as much as we do!” Excellent

INTERTIDAL ZONE TOUR GUIDE – WEBQUEST                           NEW!
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/intertidal/
A webquest for elementary students on the intertidal zone. “San Diego Beach and Wildlife
Tourist Bureau wants you to develop a guide for visitors to use as they visit the Intertidal
Zones. The information in your guide should contain the 10 to 12 plant and animal specimen
most commonly found in the San Diego tidepools and important tidepooling suggestions. The
drawings need to be lifelike and the information brief, but significant. The Tourist Bureau
expects your Intertidal Zone Tour Guide to: • be carefully designed. • be attractive and
colorful. • contain accurate information. • include drawings or pictures and written text for
intertidal plants and animals. Excellent

THE KING OF TIDES – WEBQUEST
        http://www.internet4classrooms.com/tide.htm
A webquest for elementary students on tides. “OK, here's the deal." The gruff inspector
snarled as he spoke to your team of detectives. "For a long time people have been blamin'
things on the moon! People claim to be crazy because of it, lovers claim to be under its spell,
and even hospitals blame the full moon for loaded emergency rooms." "Yeah!", one of the
newer members of your team replied flippantly, "So what's new?" The rest of your team let
out a low sigh. Now the whole team was in for it! "I'll tell you what's new, Mr. Smartypants,"
the inspector glowered at each of you slowly, "Now some nutcase has brought charges against
the moon for causing the tides! And, its your job to bring me proof one way or another!" The
inspector turned back toward his desk and we thought he was through. He wasn't! He turned
back to your team, pointed his finger at you and said, "And you only have two weeks to solve
the case. Now get started!" Excellent

LOGGERHEAD SEA TURTLE WEBQUEST
        http://web.utk.edu/~ctmelear/ossabaw/tommelissagreg/loggerheaddefault.html
A webquest on loggerhead sea turtles for 7th grade students. “You are a biologist who has been
hired to help the Loggerhead sea turtle population rise along a certain Atlantic nesting site.
Your job is to do research on the web and find out the top five threats to Loggerheads and to
develop a proposal to stop or reduce these threats. You should also look at age of
reproduction, number of eggs laid in a clutch, and how often females lay eggs. This
information will be useful in your proposal if you develop a chart or graph illustrating how
your previous measures will increase the Loggerhead population along this particular nesting
site.” Excellent

OCEAN-THEMED WEBQUESTS
      http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/projects/ocean.html
A huge list of webquests with oceanographic themes. Outstanding. Excellent

REEF-ED WEBQUESTS                   NEW!
       http://www.reefed.edu.au/students/reef_quest/index.html
A collection of five webquests on coral reefs. 1/Pollution Solutions 2/Discover Me in the Sea
3/Save Our Sharks 4/Reef Rescue and 5/Interpreting the Reef. Excellent

SAMMY ON THE MOVE (SEA TURTLE) WEBQUEST                                   NEW!
       http://garnet.acns.fsu.edu/~scv03d/four.htm
A webquest for grades 1-2 on sea turtles. ““Ouch! What was that? Where am I? It’s so dark.
Hey fellas, where are you going? Wait for me. Shouldn’t we be going the other way? Stop
pushing! This isn’t funny, I’m scared. Hey..... hey what’s that light over there? Let’s go this
way.” Bump, “ what was that? I can’t get by. Hey fellas wait!”
Sammy’s scared and Sammy’s alone. Sammy is a sea turtle who’s just hatched from his egg.
Why is he so confused? Where is his m other? What will Sammy do?
Tasks      You will use the websites provided to learn all about sea turtles. You will discover
why it is so hard to be a sea turtle and why they are endangered. You will think of ways we
can help these gentle creatures. You will write a short story of your own and draw a sea
turtle.” Excellent

SAVING POLLUTERVILLE: AN OCEAN POLLUTION INVESTIGATION –
WEBQUEST
        http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/oceans/
A webquest for 5th grade students on ocean pollution. “Along the ocean lies a town named
Polluterville. As its name suggests, the townspeople cannot keep their garbage to themselves!
Instead, the garbage, chemicals, and other pollutants end up in the ocean. The citizens of this
town do not realize the impact they are having on the animals, corals reefs, and even
themselves. Someone needs to make them aware of their harmful actions! This someone is
YOU!!!
Your teacher should have placed you into groups of three people. The job of your group is to
investigate these three areas of concern: humans, coral reefs, and animals. First, all of you
must understand the importance of oceans and how the oceans are polluted. Then, your
teacher will assign each of you to one of the three areas of concern. You will learn about your
area, the impact of pollution on the area, and what can be done to help.
When you have finished investigating, your group will get together again and design a
newsletter for the townspeople of Polluterville. This newsletter should include information on
ocean pollution and how the citizens can change their actions. This means, each of you must
share your findings with your group members, so that each area will be covered in the
newsletter. Once you are all experts in each of the three areas, you may begin making your
newsletter!” Excellent

SEA TURTLE ADVENTURE WEBQUEST
http://www.usca.edu/education/courses/aedc442/sp02/seaturtles/sullivanwebquests.html
A webquest for 2nd grade students in which they study sea turtles. “Toni the Turtle needs your
help! Toni is a Loggerhead Sea Turtle who can't remember where she is supposed to lay her
eggs. To help her, read the following information about Loggerhead Sea Turtles. Determine
which habitat is best for the health of the baby turtles.” Excellent

UNDERWATER ADVENTURE – WEBQUEST                            NEW!
        http://t3.preservice.org/T0300953/
A webquest on the ocean and marine life for 4th grade students. “You are part of a team of deep
sea divers on an underwater scavenger hunt. You have been chosen to collect data on the
following: 1. Identify two types of underwater pollution and causes 2. Find one endangered
underwater animal and what people can do to prevent their extinction 3. Find an unusual
deep sea creature and identify the reasons for their strange characteristics 4. Find out what
a coral reef is and a plant whose habitat is the coral reef 5. Check out the kelp forest and
report back what lives there.” Excellent




A WEBQUEST ON MANATEES
      http://curry.edschool.virginia.edu/go/edis771/webquest2000/student/smegandonalds
on/home.html
A webquest for 3rd grade students on manatees. “You are a famous scientist known for your
creative solutions to serious problems. You have just been hired by the Manatee Conservation
Society to help figure out a way to save the manatees. The manatee has been on the
endangered species list since 1967. It is up to you to save this wonderful animal from
becoming extinct!” Excellent

WHALING: THE DEBATE RAGES ON – WEBQUEST                          NEW!
        http://www.durango.k12.co.us/webquest/whale/
A webquest for grades 4-6 on the controversy about whaling. “In this WebQuest, you will be
asked to do several tasks. First, you will investigate whaling issues by doing some
background activities and then researching one of three different whaling perspectives: The
Pro -Whaling perspective (Japan, Norway, Iceland, Russia, etc.) The Indigenous peoples'
perspective (Inuit, Makah, etc.) The Anti- Whaling perspective (United States, Australia,
France, etc.)
After your investigation is complete, you will then attempt to persuade others to understand
your perspective by creating a PowerPoint presentation and presenting it to the I.W.C. (the
rest of the class) at its annual meeting. After all presentations have been given, the I.W.C.
will    decide    on      how   to   amend      the   1986      moratorium,    if   at    all.
Finally, you will be asked to draw some of your own conclusions about the whaling issue by
writing an "Accordion Essay" on this "driving question":
How do you think the IWC’s 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling has impacted the
current, and possibly future global whaling populations?” Excellent


ANIMALS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR – WEBQUEST
        http://education.nmsu.edu/webquest/wq/ocean/index.html
A webquest on marine life for elementary students. “The oceans of the world are all connected.
Together they form one world ocean. There is more water than land on earth. Oceans cover
almost three-fourths of the planet. In our study we are going to find out what animals live on
the ocean floor. I will tell you about certain animals and then you will search through books,
the Internet, encyclopedias and other sources to find out more about these watery creatures.
Let's go exploring! Can you find a map of the world that shows all the oceans?” Very Good

KEMP’S RIDLEY SEA TURTLE WEBQUEST                          NEW URL!
       http://www.nisd.net/blattman/links/4/sea_turtle/1_kemps_ridley_webquest.htm
A webquest on the Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle for 4th grade students. Students must learn about the
species, how it is endangered and develop a project to persuade people to save the Kemp’s
Ridley sea turtle from extinction. Very Good

MOLLUSKS – A 5TH GRADE WEBQUEST
       http://www.dade.k12.fl.us/ohes/bratcherMol/WebQuestMolluskPage.html
A webquest on mollusks for 5th grade students. “This WebQuest is designed to help you and
your group become experts on one of the five mollusk groups. Your group is assigned to
research information pertaining to your specific mollusk group. This information will assist
your group in completing three tasks that make up the Group Project: 1. a classroom poster
2. a summary of your findings 3. a web page link Okay Junior Malacologists, you and
your Expert Group are ready to learn about one of the very fascinating mollusk groups. Here
are some suggestions to start with . . . Since you already know the scientific name of your
mollusk group, does this group have another name? Describe your mollusk group and the type
of shell it lives in. Does this mollusk group have any special attributes? What are some
interesting tid bits you can share about this mollusk group? Now you're ready to dive in
alone.” Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site. Very Good

MYRTLE C. TURTLE – WEBQUEST                        NEW!
        http://webtech.kennesaw.edu/sjohnson/wquest.htm
A webquest for 4th grade students on sea turtles. “Eastside Elementary School's Backpack
Buddy is Myrtle C. Turtle. She visits along coastal areas of the United States learning about
other marine animals that are endangered or threatened. She also teaches others about sea
turtles and why they have become endangered. Task           During this quest you are going to
learn about the life of a sea turtle and why they have declined in numbers so rapidly.” Note:
We found one broken link on this site. Very Good

THE OCEAN VIEW WEBQUEST
        http://www.runet.edu/~sbisset/ocean.html
A webquest on marine life for 5th grade students. “Ocean life plays an important role in
providing for every person. While preserving our oceans, we need to be thoughtful to its living
creatures. It is important that students like yourself recognize the danger signs of pollution,
species endangerment, and the impact that global warming has on our developing world. Dive
right into your journey of the ocean world, knowing that this learning effort could make the
difference in the future of our oceans.” Very Good

OCEANOGRAPHY ABC BOOKS – WEBQUEST                                 NEW!
        http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/valencia/oceanabcbooks/
A webquest for upper elementary students on oceanography. “You have been asked by the
school librarian to create an Oceanography ABC book. The librarian wants to add your book
to the collection of books in the school library. Other students your age will read your book.
You will read ABC books, especially The Ocean Alphabet Book and Swimming Through the
Alphabet. While reading these books, look at the author's style of writing, the format of the
book, and the illustrations. Research the ocean with a group of friends and pick a topic for
your book. Your challenge is to create an ABC book that includes items from your chosen
oceanography topic using all of the letters of the alphabet. Try to come up with an original
idea and format. This is your chance to be an author and illustrator of a children's book.”
Note: We found several broken links on this site. Very Good

THE OCEAN’S IN TROUBLE! WEBQUEST
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/oceanpollution/
A webquest for grades 4-6 on the ocean. “Use the Internet to explore and identify why oceans
and beaches are in trouble. In your learning, look for relationships between humans, animals,
and the ocean.” Very Good

OPERATION REEF RESCUE – CORAL REEF WEBQUEST
        http://www2.lhric.org/kat/coral.htm
A webquest for elementary students on coral reefs. “Each specialist will conduct research
based on his/her area of expertise. Teams will be formed consisting of one specialist from each
area. Each team will then design and create a visual coral reef community which can be
relocated to ensure its survival. Each team will conclude with an oral presentation to the rest
of the teams, describing and justifying their project.” Very Good
OPERATION: ST*RFISH – WEBQUEST
        http://www.cesa8.k12.wi.us/teares/it/webquests/starfish/index.htm
A webquest for middle school students on threats to the oceans. “You must choose a team of
four experts. Your team will be composed of a marine biologist, an ocean resource researcher,
and an environmental ecologist. You, as their leader, are responsible for coordinating their
efforts, interpreting their data, and reporting your findings to the world. The two ocean
environments that your team may explore in their quest are the coral reefs and the tidal pools.
Your team goal is to find out as much information as you can about one of these habitats,
specifically: what lives there, how it is influenced by people, how we have damaged the habitat,
and what things have been done or can be done to change that so as to save this wonderful
living ecosystem. There are some excellent experts out there. Get your team together and let’s
get going. Time’s a’wasting!” Very Good

RESCUING A BABY BELUGA WEB QUEST
         http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/whale/
A webquest for upper elementary students. “In this Webquest, students are told that they have
found a baby Beluga whale and they need to design a home for this whale. Students will be
split into groups of three in order to develop a proposal for the baby Beluga's new home. The
end result of this Webquest is both a polished proposal and a presentation of this proposal to a
panel. The best proposal will be chosen to create the baby Beluga's new home. After
completing the Webquest your students will have a better understanding of baby Beluga
whales and the skills necessary for creating a proposal. They will display these learned skills
in their final presentation.” Includes both a Student and Teacher section. Very Good

SHARKS – WEBQUEST
        http://www.jcu.edu/educatio/WebQuests3/Grabiec/a_webquest_designed_for_third_
grsharks.htm
A webquest on sharks for 3rd grade students. “Your job, with the help of a marine biologist, is
to tag four different sharks that you will find in the ocean. You will need to find out which
oceans to visit to find these creatures, there characteristics, and if they are dangerous or not.
The four sharks you will be looking at as a group are: the Great White Shark, Tiger shark,
Hammerhead, and Nurse Shark. You will begin this adventure by going on a virtual shark
dive on a website provided. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!” Very Good

SHARKS – WEBQUEST                            NEW!
        http://www.montana.edu/webquest/miscellaneous/gradeskto5/denton/
A webquest on sharks for elementary students. “All around the world a great travesty is
happening. After watching Jaws all the presidents and leaders in the world decided that all
sharks should be destroyed. You are the only person alive who possesses the tools and
knowledge to set these people straight. The sharks are resting their lives and their existence on
your shoulders. Please, accept the challenge and find as much information as you can that
will help the President and other leaders make the right choice and the smart choice. Hurry,
there isn't much time...and remember, the sharks are counting on you. Oh, one more thing,
below is a list of questions that the President has about sharks. Try to give the President the
best answers you can to these questions; it might help keep the sharks alive everywhere.
Thanks, and good luck on your journey.” Note: Links are broken and hard to see. Make your
own. Very Good
SHOCKING SHARKS! WEB QUEST
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/sessions/sharks/
A web quest in which students work with a partner to research and compare two shark species.
They then prepare either a shark commercial or a shark adventure story using their information.
Very Good

SPLASH INTO AN AQUARIUM – WEBQUEST                                NEW!
        http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/aquarium/index.html
A webquest for 1st grade students on sea life and aquariums. “1. Learn about tide pool animals.
2. Visit ocean habitats on the Web. 3. Visit aquariums on the Web. 4. Ask an expert a sea life
question. 5. Go on a “Sea Hunt”. 6. Create an aquarium book.” Very Good

TREKKING THE TIDEPOOL – WEBQUEST                              NEW!
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/grant/tidepoolproject/
A webquest on grades K-2 on tidepools. “Students learn about tidepools, sea stars, and other
tidepool animals. They use that information to help them figure out a tidepool animal
characteristic that could help a sea star to survive in the tidepools.” Very Good

WHALE WATCH – WEBQUEST
       http://members.fortunecity.com/kligocki/
A webquest on whales for intermediate students. “As a member of the special student IWC
team you will need to: • travel to two designated whale watch areas: North Atlantic and
Pacific Oceans • create a brochure or poster sharing what you learned from your whale
watch. Your brochure can be created on Print Shop or by using Student Writing Center.”
Very Good

WHALES – WEBQUEST                    NEW!
        http://www.milton.k12.vt.us/WebQuests/LBedard/whalequest.htm
A webquest for primary students on whales. “Your task, with your helper, is to research your
favorite whale. You will learn how your cetacean or whale speaks, lives and eats. Use the
websites to gather information.
 On the Whale Note Taking Task Sheet (which you will be able to print out), you and your
helper will record some important and interesting facts about your whale.
Color a picture or do a dot-to-dot of your whale (which you will be able to print out) or do an
art project.” Very Good


BOWHEAD WHALE HUNTING WEBQUEST
        http://www.rhem.spschools.org/specialprojects/WebQuest/webquest.html
Should we disallow the hunting of all endangered species? Why do some people want to allow
limited hunting? Students research this important question. Good
CORAL REEF QUEST                     NEW!
        http://www.berksiu.k12.pa.us/webquest/cygan/index.htm
A webquest for 5th grade students on coral reefs. “Your task will be to select one coral reef
animal, research and write a report on it. While doing your research, find a color picture that
you may use to make your stuffed coral reef animal out of paper. We will create a coral reef
in our fifth grade hallway with all our “puffy fish”.” Note: We found a couple of broken links
on this site. Good

DOLPHIN-SAFE TUNA? WEB QUEST
        http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/dolphins/
A webquest for grades 5-8. “This Webquest attempts to explain the issue of "dolphin-safe"
tuna by dividing the class into different roles. With several cooperative groups presenting a
different perspective, you will investigate the different sides of the issue to decide for
yourselves how you feel. By dividing into roles and working cooperatively, you will work
together to understand the whole story on "dolphin-safe" tuna. The Internet will provide all
the resources that you need to explore dolphins and tuna.” Good

ENDANGERED WHALES – WEBQUEST
        http://www.swlauriersb.qc.ca/english/edservices/pedresources/webquest/whales/inde
x.html
A webquest for 4th grade students on whales. “Each group of students will be responsible for
preparing a chart listing the causes of why whales are becoming an endangered species. As
well, each member of the group must investigate one endangered whale. Remember, you must
research , read, think, and write as a scientist´ Note: We found a couple of broken links on this
site. Good

FISH FEATURES WEB QUEST
      http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/encanto/fishfeatures/fishfeatures.html
A webquest for grades 2-3 on fish. Students have discovered a new fish and need to examine it
and present it to the Fish Anatomy Academy (their peers). Sections: Resources, Tasks,
Conclusion and Evaluation. Good



MANATEES – WEBQUEST
       http://www.iwaynet.net/~stellar/manatee/manatee.html
A webquest for grades 3-5 on manatees. “The newest residents of our Columbus Zoo are the
manatees. The manatee is a docile animal that lives in the waters around Florida and is
rapidly becoming extinct. You have been hired to help take care of these wonderful animals
and part of your job is to know all about their habitat, feeding habits, and behaviors. You will
then be able to conduct information sessions with the public that visits the Zoo.” Note: We
found a lot of broken links on this site. Good

OCEAN CREATURES WEBQUEST
        http://www.seekonk.k12.ma.us/WebQuests/Ocean%20Creatures%20webquest.html
A webquest for primary students in which they research a sea creature (choosing from a list) and
then create a presentation about their choice. Good
SHARK ATTACK: BEACH CLOSED, DO NOT SWIM – WEBQUEST NEW!
       http://www.berksiu.k12.pa.us/webquest/KolkaR/index.htm
A webquest for grades 9-11 on sharks. “Picture yourself swimming in the ocean along side of
your friend. You are enjoying an eighty degree day when, BAM! Out of nowhere comes a
huge splash and pool of blood. You look to your left and your friend is GONE. Nothing left
but some pieces of flesh and a lot of red in the water. This exact story has taken place in a
small town called Kolkaville.
Shelby Sharkster was swimming next to her friend Johnny Minnow. With Shelby still in
shock and Johnny now deceased, they will not be of any help to you. You happen to be on
vacation in this thriving metropolis during this attack. Fortunately for this town you are a
shark expert. (Or so they think!) Help this town figure out what happened to this recreational
swimmer. Identify the species of shark based upon evidence that has washed up on shore.”
Not exactly shark friendly but may be of interest. Well-done. Good

SPLISH! SPLASH!- WEBQUEST
        http://www.lfelem.lfc.edu/tech/DuBose/webquest/Toni/OCEANIC.HTM
A webquest on ocean pollution/water pollution for elementary students. “You find a neighbor
who was equally surprised this morning about the town's running water problem. In this case,
your neighbor is a partner from this class. You two decide to start your own organization.
Your goal is to educate others on why we need to protect the ocean and how we can do it. You
also need to choose one marine animal as a mascot for your organization. The first step you
must take is to incorporate these ideas into a brochure within the next two days. You will
research specific sites on the internet. The information that you pull from the sites should be
compiled into a four page brochure (the four sides of a folded piece of paper). Remember, you
are trying to help people help the world!” Note: We found a couple of broken links on this site.
Good

TAKE A BITE OUT OF OCEAN INFO! – WEBQUEST                                NEW!
       http://www.mcs.k12.in.us/les/ihnen/Oceans.htm
A webquest for grades 3-4 on the oceans. “Welcome to the world of marine biology! You are a
marine biologist. You have been hired by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to advance the
cause of endangered species. Your job is to present an idea(s) for saving an endangered ocean
animal to a congressional panel. You must convince them of the importance of the change(s)
you are suggesting.” Note: We found some broken links on this site. Good

TAKE THE RIP OUT OF THE CURRENT – WEBQUEST
        http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/valencia/rip/
A webquest on currents for grades 4-5. “You are a writer who has been hired by "Sea Star
Publications " to finish a manuscript of a unknown author, about rip currents and ocean
safety, which the Publisher feels is of great importance. The people at Sea Star Publications
have hinted that if the finished book is a big hit, there will be a big bonus coming to you.”
Good

UNDER THE CANOPY OF KELP – WEBQUEST
       http://projects.edtech.sandi.net/valencia/kelp/
A webquest on marine life for 4th grade students. “While on an outing at the beach, you and
several of your friends are amazed by a 30 foot length of kelp spiraled along the sandy beach.
You quickly realize that the long, greenish brown, rubbery plant has several distinctive parts,
the holdfast, stipes, and blades. Suddenly, one of your friends calls everyone's attention to a
large mass of kelp floating several hundred yards from the beach. There were several fishing
boats, and a diving boat close to the mass of kelp. He tells us that his father often dives under
what he calls the kelp canopy.     Your group becomes so interested in kelp that they decide to
do research on the subject, and prepare a full report for an upcoming science project.” Note:
We found several broken links on this site. Good

WHALE ALERT – WEBQUEST                       NEW!
       http://www.berksiu.k12.pa.us/webquest/Whale%20Alert%20Webquest/index.htm
A webquest on whales for upper elementary students. “Being a movie producer you want to
create a movie about the history of whaling and the campaigning to protect the whales, so
people will understand the importance of them. You will need to pay attention to the next
couple of activities to acquire the information to put into your movie.” Note: We found several
broken links on this page. Good

WHALING LIFE – WEBQUEST                    NEW!
       http://www.longwood.k12.ny.us/cew/wq/fosdick/
A webquest on the whaling industry in the 19th century. “You and your crewmate will be
creating a journal containing 3 entries describing your life at sea as a whaler.
The first entry will describe your anticipation, excitement, and description of your living
quarters during your early days at sea. The second will describe how you are feeling about
your experience toward the middle of your journey.     The last entry will record a day at the
end of your journey. Your entries should create an accurate and vivid mind picture of life
on a whaling ship when you present them to the class.” Note: All of the links on this site are
broken and would have to be re-done. Good


Disclaimer: We are unable to check every link within every website.

Prepared by the Cumberland County AVA Center staff. Please call #856-451-0817 or email:
cumbavac@snip.net with questions or suggestions for future web site lists. The site list is also
posted on our website http://www.cumbavac.org
It is also posted on two other sites: http://www.atlanticava.org    http://www.cjims.org
March 2005
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