Marine Science Teacher Resources
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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.
Young scholars identify the problems that marine life is facing today. In this marine science lesson, students explain how Marine Protected Areas can help the ocean and the fish. They brainstorm ways to help in the conservation effort.
Students discover the ocean life of the San Francisco Bay. For 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.
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.
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.
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".
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 learners on direct recall and comprehension. To add interest, consider some pre-reading activities, such as guessing words that will appear in the text!
Students discuss the relationship of density to stratification. In this marine science lesson, students create a model of upwelling events using cold and warm water. They discuss how water phenomena affect coral reefs.
Students graph dissolved oxygen versus depth using data taken from NECOP Program. In this marine science lesson, students explain the causes of hypoxia. They recommend possible solutions to this problem.
Students role play a scenario specific to decision making in seafood management and conservation. In this marine science lesson, students estimate seafood consumption in their state. They recommend new regulations for better fishery management.
Learners calculate the total percentage of samples from the data on the graphs. In this marine science lesson, students analyze the concentration levels over a period of time. They suggest ways to lessen the effect of these blooms.
Students estimate ocean depth using their simulated sea box. In this marine science lesson, students design an experiment to solve a problem. They construct a model of the sea floor based on data collected.
Marine biology apprentices interpret data of sturgeon interaction with gill nets. They use the data to calculate the percentage of fish entangled in each twine size to discover if there is any correlation. This is a valuable exercise in analyzing actual data. You can use it in marine science or even in a general biology or environmental course.
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. The link is not valid, but the data is easily located online. You can use this resource in a marine science or general biology class when teaching about populations or conservation.
High schoolers 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. High schoolers share their results with the class and graph the survival rate of the microorganisms.
Students research marine science and technology career paths. For this career exploration lesson students will examine marine science and technologies within that field. Students will perform an online investigation and discuss their findings. Students will publish their findings in a brochure or other print material and present them to the class.
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. This would be useful if you are looking for a simulation of how ecologists make decisions.
Young scholars investigate tides and create a model of an intertidal zone. In this hands-on marine science lesson based on a Magic School Bus book, the teacher leads students in a discussion about tides, then helps young scholars model a tide and participate in populating an intertidal zone. Lesson includes a follow-up assignments and related resources.
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!
Students role play different stakeholders perspective on the debate about Channel Islands. In this marine science lesson, students identify different types of Marine Protected Areas. They research about their stakeholder's point of view and hold a mock debate about the issue.