Ocean Teacher Resources
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Descending to the Challenge: Developing Documentaries About the Deep Ocean
The video clip that comprises the warm up is not available, but the related article from The New York Times and the movie trailer for Aliens of the Deep are, leaving enough material to make this a fascinating instructional activity on deep-sea exploration.
7th - 12th Science
New Review Understanding Maps of Earth
Here is your go-to student resource on primary geography concepts, including facts about the surface of the earth and its hemispheres, latitude and longitude, globes, types of maps, and identifying continents and oceans.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
New Review Introduction to World of Geography Test
Assess your learners on the five themes of geography and the most important key terms and concepts from an introductory geography unit. Here you'll find an assessment with 15 fill-in-the-blank and 14 multiple-choice questions, sections for labeling a globe and map projects, and two final essay questions.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Dora, Dora, Dora, Dora, Dora! This may be your little ones' best guess as to what it's like to be an explorer! Give them a deeper understanding with this compact examination. A four-minute video introduces them to Robert Ballard, the oceanographer most known for finding the sunken Titanic and hydrothermal vents.
3rd - 8th Science
Where in the world is the equator? Explore a world map with your class, coloring in oceans, continents, and rainforests while locating the three major lines of latitude: the equator, Tropic of Cancer, and Tropic of Capricorn. Discuss how the tropical belt is where the sun's energy is focused, allowing for the growth of rainforests.
K - 4th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Underwater Mountains & Trenches
Students determine Earth's deepest trench, outline continents, major ocean mountains, and trenches on color-key map using Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, identify oceans' geographic features, locate significant oceanic features around globe, and reproduce their findings using relief map format.
4th - 12th Science
The Continents and Oceans of the World
Young scholars identify and locate the continents and oceans. In this continent and ocean geography lesson, students use Visual Thesaurus to define continents and oceans and use information from the site to label the continents and oceans on a worksheet.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History
The Mayflower's Atlantic Crossing
By the end of this interdisciplinary lesson, youngsters will be able to describe the Gulf Stream ocean current and how it impacted the journey of the Mayflower ship. Reading, research, and the use of a really neat interactive website, "Museum Box," to build a display of the voyage.
2nd - 6th Science
Under the Sea
Learners imagine and describe fictitious sea animals that might live in the ocean. After reading an article, they reflect on new discoveries found in the ocean recently. Using the internet, they research the interdependence of animals they use to survive.
6th - 12th English Language Arts
Where Did They Come From?
Give science learners nine questions about the biogeography of hydrothermal vents and turn them loose to research this fascinating habitat. Working in cooperative groups, they prepare a report that addresses each of the questions. A plethora of resource links are included for groups to glean information from!
5th - 8th Science
Baseball Challenge - Basic Geography Skills
A fabulous presentation/activity based on geography. The author has designed a "baseball game" where batters advance to the next base if they correctly answer a multiple choice question about geography. Geographic terms are used, along with a wide variety of other geographic skills.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Marine Life, Oceans, Lakes and Rivers
Students examine the types of organisms found in oceans. In groups, they read articles about the research done at certain sites. They work together to research their own water ecosystems and report the findings to the class. To end the lesson, they also observe the behaviors of dolphins.
4th - 5th Science
Middle schoolers investigate how ocean currents affect our world. In this ocean currents lesson, students perform an experiment to show how cold water is near the poles and warm water is near the equator. Middle schoolers use water, food coloring, ice cubes, and a baking dish to perform the experiment.
6th - 8th Math
What's Deep in the Ocean?
Students examine the role of an oceanographer in trying to explore the ocean. Using wax paper, they divide it up to show the sunlight, twilight and midnight zones. To end the lesson, they identify the types of plants and animals that are found in each.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Study Jams! The Ocean Floor
Under the sea, the geography is as varied as it is on land! Young oceanographers find out about continental shelves, abyssal plains, seamounts, trenches, and mid-ocean ridges by viewing and reading the eight high-quality slides. Then they can reinforce what they learn by taking a seven-question quiz.
4th - 9th Science
Oceans: Water, Water Everywhere. . . but Only on the Earth!
It's not long, but it's thorough! This PowerPoint takes 4th - 8th grade earth scientists deeper into the oceans. They learn about tide and current activity and the forces that drive them. They also discover how wind and the rotation of our planet result in mounds of water surrounded by gyres.
4th - 8th Science
Lesson 3: Hemispheres, Continents, and Oceans: The Big Picture!
Using Styrofoam balls and mini pumpkins, your learners will have the opportunity for a real hands-on experience in understanding the earth's hemispheres and major points, such as the equator, prime meridian, and International Date Line. They will also identify continents, oceans, and compare and contrast a globe from a two-dimensional map.
4th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
New Review The Geography Toolkit
If you're preparing to teach geography to your young learners, you'll definitely want to keep this resource handy. The toolkit contains 165 pages of a wide range of handouts and informational text to support incorporate geographic inquiry into your lessons, covering such topics as map projections and interpretations, geographic information systems, place narratives, and map analysis.
6th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable