Marine Science Teacher Resources
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Melissa Tukey-Operation Beach Teach-Introduction
Fourth graders engage in this introduction to an integrated marine science unit which culminates in an early fall trip to Hammocks Beach State Park. The unit is designed to hook students into science and provide joyful learning across the curriculum.
4th English Language Arts
Oyster Gardens - No Soil Required!
Explore the practice of oyster gardening. Because oysters play a vital role in marine ecosystems and their populations have declined, biologists are transplanting oyster seed to repopulate reefs. After learning about this practice, learners are supposed to examine Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Garden Data.
8th - 10th Science
Oceans: Reading Comprehension
Practice reading comprehension by approaching oceanography through 2 pages of informational text. The text give introductory coverage of oceanography in practice, ocean zones, names of the 5 oceans, ocean features, and marine life. Three true/false and 6 fill-in-the-blank questions follow, prompting students on direct recall and comprehension.
4th - 8th Science
Careers in Aquatics
Students discuss careers related to aquatic or marine science. They write a report called "A Day in the Life of a (blank)." After reports are completed, if possible a person working in the field of aquatic or marine science is invited to talk with the class.
5th - 6th 21st Century Skills
Round and Round
Learners interpret data from a three-dimensional array of current monitors to determine an overall pattern of water circulation. They hypothesize what effect an observed water circulation pattern might have on seamount fauna. A very interesting and high-level science lesson!
9th - 12th Science
Rapa River Watch
Assess the risk of introducing a non-native species of snail to four different estuaries. Lab groups conduct research as habitat evaluation and present their conclusions to the class. The resource has a comprehensive booklet containing background information, worksheets, and an answer key.
7th - 9th Science
The Bottom of the Ocean
Students explore Earth science by conducting a water experiment. In this ocean properties lesson, students identify the causes of waves and tsunamis and read assigned text about ocean science. Students utilize water and a dish in class to complete a wave experiment.
4th - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Ghostbusting in the Chesapeake
Ghost pots, fishing gear lost during crabbing expeditions, continue to trap crabs that are never collected. Increase your budding ecologists' awareness of human impact on the environment as well as conservation efforts using this resource. Links to an interesting video, a slide show, actual fishing gear data, and a worksheet are provided.
9th - 12th Science
Field Trip - Marine Science Institute
Students discover the ocean life of the San Francisco Bay. In this ocean lesson, students take a Discovery Voyage of the Bay ecosystem through the Marine Science Institute. Also available are inland voyages, ocean labs, and tidepool expeditions.
2nd - 6th Science
Using photographs and a coral reef identification key, junior marine biologists compare changes in coral cover for a No-Take Area and the surrounding unprotected area. The data that is collected is then analyzed for richness, Shannon-Wiener Index, and evenness.
10th - Higher Ed Science
Scallops - The Scoop on Scallops
Activate your future scientists' minds by teaching them about scallops, then give them an opportunity to analyze scallop populations within and outside of protected ocean areas. If you want to explore the effects of protecting ecosystems, this is an ideal activity.
6th - 9th Science
Blue Crabs - The Blue Crab's Chesapeake Journey
A plethora of information about the blue crabs of Chesapeake Bay will amaze and delight your marine biologists. They learn, through direct instruction, about the characteristics and life cycle of this fascinating arthropod. A highlight of this instructional activity is an analysis of actual data on the whereabouts of the crab at the larval stage, the juvenile stage, and adults.
6th - 8th Science
Conductivity - Pass the Buoy and Pepper, Please
Buoys around our coastlines are equipped with sensory devices which monitor temperature, salinity, and water pressure. Emerging earth scientists examine some of this data and relate salinity to the electrical conductivity of the surface of the ocean.
9th - 12th Science
The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach
Students investigate tides and create a model of an intertidal zone. In this hands-on marine science instructional activity based on a Magic School Bus book, the teacher leads students in a discussion about tides, then helps students model a tide and participate in populating an intertidal zone.
Pre-K - 2nd Science
Students create a pamphlet, brochure, handout, or poster about a career in the marine sciences. In this marine science lesson, students use the Internet to research a marine science career. They create a printed media item to share with the class at an "ocean exploration career fair".
6th - 10th Science
Big Things in Small Packages
Students view and manipulate microorganisms in sea water. In this marine science lesson, students investigate the response of bacteria to changes in pH, temperature, and contamination. Students share their results with the class and graph the survival rate of the microorganisms.
9th - 12th Science