Ocean Basin Teacher Resources

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A Watery World

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
With about 70% of the earth's surface covered in oceans, it's fair to say that we live in a very wet world. Young scientists gain a better appreciation of this fact as they use maps to identify the world's ocean basins in the first...
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The Ocean: Our Global Connector

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Identify the Seven Seas and the Five Basins with your class. They examine the significance of ocean currents and how they affect humans. They label a map, answer discussion questions, conduct research, and write a letter.
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What Is The Ocean?

For Students 4th - 8th
Go on a tour of the ocean through the lens of a scientist. Learners read maps of the ocean floor, study tide behavior, examine wave motion, and analyze components of soil. Each lesson incorporates a hands-on component.
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The Ocean Floor

For Students 7th - 8th
Practice reading comprehension by approaching oceanography through 2 pages of informational text. The text compares the ocean floor to the Grand Canyon to gives students perspective, and gives a brief coverage of the earth's crust and...
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Ocean Zones

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
How can organisms light up in water? Bioluminescence is light produced in a chemical reaction that can occur in an organism's body. First, learners determine what happens to light/color as you move into the deep ocean. In groups, they...
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Where Did They Come From?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
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...
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Rubber Duckies and Ocean Currents

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students explore marine life by conducting a rubber duck experiment. For this water currents lesson, students practice identifying latitude and longitude coordinates on a map and define the currents of major oceans. Students discuss the...
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The Oceans, Waves, Tides & Currents

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Your introductory lesson to oceanography can be outlined with this apropos presentation. It touches on the physical features of the ocean floor, waves, tides, and currents. One small issue is that some of the graphics are not of the...
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International Commerce, Snorkeling Camels, and the Indian Ocean Trade

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Economic principles and world history are beautifully woven together in this history presentation on medieval Indian Ocean trading. The narrator discusses the unprecedented self-regulation executed by merchants along the Indian Ocean...
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Into the Deep

For Teachers 4th - 7th Standards
Take young scientists into the depths of the world's ocean with the second instructional activity of this three-part earth science series. After first drawing pictures representing how they imagine the bottom of the ocean to appear,...
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What Lives in the Open Ocean and Where Do They Live?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
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...
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The Bottom of the Ocean

For Teachers 4th - 5th
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...
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Ocean Water

For Students 7th - 9th
In this ocean water worksheet, students use 6 given terms related to ocean water, early Earth and ocean components to complete the sentences. They also answer 4 questions about seawater, the effects of volcanoes on oceans and ocean life.
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The Ocean Floor - Science

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Young scholars draw a quick plan of an ocean floor as seen from the side; including the edge of a continent, a continental shelf, a continental slope, a basin, a trench, and a range. They require their definitions to do this.
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Plotting the Ocean Floor

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders plot points on a graph, connect the dots to make the ocean floor profile and label the topographical features. They utilize a worksheet and a website imbedded in this plan to plot the ocean floor.
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Ocean Floor Properties and Near Shore Environments

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers explore and model the characteristics of the ocean floor and near shore environments through in-class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and internet research. They use classroom materials to research the...
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ENSO: Friend or Foe?

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Does the sea temperature in the Pacific Ocean impact the number of hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean? Scholars explore this question through a data analysis project. After collecting, graphing, and analyzing the data, a writing prompt...
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Ocean Module

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore the ocean. In this science lesson, 5th graders participate in a variety of activities in which they explore the ocean biome.
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Atlantic Basin Hurricane Tracking Chart

For Students 6th - 8th
For this science worksheet, students look for the location of various storms that develop in the Atlantic Ocean with this hurricane tracking map.
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For Teachers 10th - 11th
In this oceanography worksheet, students convert the echo sounding time to the depth of the ocean. They label thirty-two bodies of water on a world map.
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Life in the Crystal Palace

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Marine biologists research sea ice communities. Assign some groups to construct paper models of sea ice communities in winter, and some to construct models of them in summer. The lesson plan is simplistic, but the Internet resources...
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Why Does the Ocean have Waves?

For Students 4th Standards
Six short answer questions challenge scholars to show what they know after reading an informational text that examines waves—what they are, what causes them, and how different Earth factors affect their size and strength.   
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Structure of Earth

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders study and make a model of the significant formations of the ocean floor. They examine images and illustration and apply their imagination while creating the model. They are challenged to complete further research as an...
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Polar Bear Panic!

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students identify the three realms of the Arctic Ocean, and describe the relationships between these realms. They graphically analyze data on sea ice cover in the Arctic Ocean, and recognize a trend in these data.

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