Ocean Teacher Resources
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Ocean and Sea Borders
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.
Introduction to the Five Themes of Geography
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.
The Continents and Oceans of the World
Young scholars explore world mapping skills. In this world geography lesson plan, students identify and label the continents and oceans on a world map using the Visual Thesaurus. Young scholars generate mnemonic devices to help memorize these terms.
Which Way to the Ocean?
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.
What Lives in the Open Ocean and Where Do They Live?
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.
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.
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. Students create a report with their results, diagrams and an explanation.
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. Very nice!
Exploring the World's Geography
Young scholars 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.
Geography Lesson Plans Using Google Earth
Geography lesson plans using Google Earth, or other interactive websites can make this topic current and interesting for students.
Korea's Geography: How do You Describe a Nation?
Students explore Korean geography. In this Korea instructional activity, students examine maps and handouts on major geographic features of Korea and investigate the advantages and disadvantages of Korea's geography.
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.
Geography And The Revolutionary War
Students gain a deeper understanding of both geography and the Revolutionary War. They practice using on line research in examining historical events and using political, physical, and topographic maps.
Motivating Activities for Geography Week
Here is a great way to pique your students' interest in geography, and help them learn about their world.
Geography Awareness Week: Practice Mapping Skills
You won't get lost, after learning map skills during Geography Awareness Week.
Natural Disasters and the Five Themes of Geography
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.
Taking Care Of Our Oceans
Students consider why so many people live near the coast and explore the impacts of this trend on ocean animals. They make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
Motion in the Ocean
How does the formation of currents and waves in the ocean happen? High schoolers will learn about the primary causes for ocean currents and waves by calculating a wave's amplitude and nautical mile speed. Then they will complete a problem solving worksheet. Finally, they will complete the study with write an essay how the Coriolis force affects them personally.