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- Lakewood, NJ
Ocean Teacher Resources
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The ocean is full of natural resources and its expanses reach every shore. Who has rights to those resources and how should they be distributed? The class is divided into groups, each representing a different country who has its sights on the resources of the North Sea. Each group maps out and determines rules for dispersing the ocean's wealth, while sustaining it in an environmentally sensitive manner. The groups present their choices and rationale to the class. They finish with a class discussion.
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 lesson on deep-sea exploration. After reading about James Cameron's Challenger Deep submersible, your young scientists write a screenplay about the geology, chemistry, or biodiversity of the deepest parts of the ocean.
A rap, a song, an activity, a presentation, and teaching notes are yours for the taking! Teaching the five themes of geography will be a snap with a handy resource like this one. Learners will be introduced to the importance of understanding geography through movement, people, locations, places, and regions by engaging in two fun small group activities. Everything needed is embedded or easily downloadable.
As an introduction to a unit on oceans, get youngsters thinking about why it is important to us as humans. Using a map-making website, they identify where the products that they use come from. They also make connections to show how they, in turn, affect oceans. This activity provides a visual to impress how we are all connected to the ocean whether or not we live near one.
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. Afterward, divide the class into groups and give them each a portion of the world map (included). They draw what they think might be found in their parts of the ocean and then put their section together with the rest of the class. More than anything, this lesson can be used to whet learners' appetites for an oceanography unit.
Learners study the nesting process of the loggerhead turtle. They watch a video clip that shows them how human influences, such as artificial lights, can disorient turtle hatchlings, which can keep them from reaching the ocean. They work together to identify ways that people can reduce threats to the loggerhead habitat. A terrific science lesson, designed for sixth through twelfth graders. Note that the handouts are not included and that you will have to do an Internet search to find the videos, but there is plenty of useful material.
Students explore oceanography by participating in a flash card activity. In this ocean inhabitant lesson, students define a list of ocean related vocabulary terms and answer ocean geography study questions. Students utilize organism flash cards to practice memorizing animal characteristics and facts.
Help your class to understand the concept of the one world ocean by first asking them to draw the ocean boundaries. Discuss the challenges this presents in terms of sharing the oceans and the resources contained. That is all there is to this lesson. It is brief, but the topic is stimulating and can be used as a part of your oceanography or social studies curriculum.
Learners 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.
Students 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. Students use water, food coloring, ice cubes, and a baking dish to perform the experiment. Students create a report with their results, diagrams and an explanation.
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. Very nice!
Students discuss the seven continents of Earth and the diverse geography. After discussion, they create their own paper-mache globes which properly display all seven continents, the equator, and the prime meridian. They conduct research about the seven continents and examine maps before completing the project.
Elementary explorers study the geography of their own state and region. They create a three-dimensional map of their state, develop an atlas, read maps using longitude and latitude, and identify and analyze the five themes of geography. There are actually five lessons contained in this comprehensive resource, complete with reading references and handouts for your class.
Have your class do research on natural disasters and create a presentation using this resource. In completing this activity, learners apply the five geography themes to their research. They write a paper describing their results. It's a great way to provide a cross-curricular approach.