Dive into an Ocean of Discovery...
Below is a running list of ideas and resources for formal, informal, classroom or outdoor educators- and everyone in between.
This page is a work in progress. My aim is to create and collect curriculum and classroom materials related to marine conservation and discovery and to provide them to you (for free) right here. Teachers, if you have any requests, recommendations or general comments, leave a message here or get in touch with me via email or twitter.[Disclaimer: While I have checked out these pages, videos and documents myself, I do not claim to have verified all of their sources, nor can I guarantee the accuracy of information published outside of this site.]
Resources for the Classroom
An excellent resource for educators in any age bracket, with links to text books, curriculum, and general ideas as well as an overview of Ocean Literacy principles and core standards.
Beyond the Classroom Aquarium:
"A Curricular Sequence of 14 Project Based, STEM-Oriented Aquatic Ecosystem Themed Learning Activities Your Students Will Love"
Ocean Acidification Resources:
The Suquamish Tribe's curated collection of ocean acidification resources and curriculum.
A collection of 20 infographics for "Visualizing our Water World."
Mysteries of the Ocean Infographic:
Created by Tom Murphy of Nature's Water in Ireland; an infographic highlighting some of the most perplexing marine mysteries.
"Living Porpoisefully" Ocean Classroom:
From the couple that authored the Children's Book Zale's Tales comes a blog called Living Porpoisefully, with a whole section dedicated to ocean-themed learning.
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears:
Hands-on lessons about the oceans from Ohio State University for grades pre-K through 5.
Guided Field Trips
Looking to take your students out for a guided trip? These organizations are here to help.
In the United States:
Salish Sea Expeditions - Seattle, Washington
Pacific Marine Research - Seattle, Washington
Living Classrooms - Baltimore, Maryland
In New Zealand:
Who needs a guide? Get your students outside and explore the shores yourselves with these handy resources.
Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem Atlas:
An Interactive iBook guide to the Chesapeake Bay, brought to you by NOAA's National Center for Coastal Ocean Sciences and Chesapeake Environmental Communications.
Shoreline Guides- NZ, PNW
Marine Metre Squared:
The Marine Metre Squared (Mm²) is a very simple idea- encourage citizens to take ownership of their local coasts by participating in scientific monitoring projects. Give them guides to the critters and plants that live in nearby habitats and send them out to see for themselves what's there. Get a 1m-squared quadrat and get out to the shore to do some monitoring and exploring! In Otago, NZ, students are encouraged to upload the data they collect to a website that compiles it so everyone can examine trends in different species over time and make conclusions about how the coastal habitats are doing. Check out their website for more details.
Stanford University's online digital learning portal for all things marine science! Features cool tools such as interactive tutorials and videos on topics ranging from ocean acidification to urchin anatomy.
Confessions of a Marine Biologist:
An exciting and hilarious YouTube channel featuring the everyday exploits of Mike Gill from the University of Florida. Mike's goal is to make the scientific process more accessible to everyone - a pursuit I fully support!
Got Little Kids?
Check out the Banana Slug String Band! A self-described "group of lovable musicians, songwriters, and educators who blend music, theater, puppetry, and audience participation to create a lively learning environment," they have some pretty rockin' early-education-level material and are apparently available to visit a classroom or school assembly near you!
Smithsonian Ocean Portal:
"Find your blue" as an educator or take your students here and set them loose to explore- videos, blog posts, pictures and more.
Dive and Discover from WHOI:
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute's "Dive and Discover" page hosts plenty of classroom activities and educator resources with a specific focus on deep-sea exploration and past WHOI expeditions.
NatGeo has an excellent Oceans section, with stories and photos to help you stay up-to-date on the latest in marine conservation news. Of course, there's also always National Geographic Kids.