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SEA K-12 Lesson Plans
Award-winning ideas from SEA Semester's educators: over 25 activities and lesson plans for all grade levels on topics in marine biology, coastal ecology, chemical and physical oceanography, seafloor geology, and nautical science. Each plan includes target grades, keywords, introduction and background, advice on how to best integrate the activities into classroom curriculum, instructions and tips, materials list, procedures, suggestions for evaluation, extensions.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Lesson Plans
These very complete and teacher-friendly lesson plans target the New Jersey coast, but most could easily be adapted to other regions. Includes activities and how-to guides for lab and field studies, and other useful resources. Topics include beach morphology, horseshoe and hermit crabs, fish anatomy, mollusks, sea shells, estuaries, currents, seafloor mapping, water quality, oxygen, pH, salinity, plankton, food web, marshes, and more. Plans include: objectives, background information and links to content-related websites, diagrams, student data sheets.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

Aquarius Undersea Research Station Lesson Plans
These lesson plans in life sciences, physical science, chemistry, and engineering link to projects of the Aquarius undersea research station in the Florida Keys. Topics include the impacts of buoyancy, pressure, and light on underwater research; effects of physical oceanography on coral reefs; effects of water temperature on coral/zooxanthellae symbiosis; engineering of AUVs; fish survey techniques; chemical ecology; experimental design and more. Links to Aquarius expeditions and resources for teachers and students.
Grade Level: High school

NOAA Ocean Explorer Modules and Lessons
Since 2001, scientists and educators have developed dozens of instructional units and 100’s of lesson plans centered on NOAA’s Ocean Explorer field expeditions, from shallow coral reef studies to deep sea explorations. Each of the half dozen links leads to a wealth of instructional modules, lessons, curricula, student handouts, multimedia resources, and assessments for middle and high school. There are also links to professional development opportunities and other resources.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

National Estuarine Research Reserve System Lesson Plans
A collection of curricula, lesson plans, and activities about the science, ecology, and natural history of estuaries, developed by some of the National Estuarine Research Reserves. Topics range from habitats like eelgrass meadows, mud flats, salt marshes, and mangrove swamps, to water chemistry and circulation, to geologic settings, to natural and cultural resources, to public policy. Includes lessons for grades K-12, as well as complete modules for middle school and high school.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures for Educators
Classroom activities from Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventures PBS program including over 25 lesson plans, 10 Web-original videos, games and interactives, in-depth articles and an image download library. These resources are designed primarily for middle school level and focus on animal adaptations, ecosystems and human impact.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, General public

Secrets of the Ocean Realm
Visually appealing site includes background information on ocean organisms, teaching activities, quizzes, and underwater photography and film making. Follow the In The School link for 10 lesson plans. Topics covered include: Gulf of California organisms, open ocean animals, venomous organisms, nocturnal species, whales, sharks, reef creatures, and sea stars. Created as an accompanying resource to the Secrets of the Ocean Realm video series, the information is also useful on its own.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school

Discovery of Sound in the Sea
This in-depth site defines sound and describes its measurement, behavior in water, and importance to marine life and humans. Follow the Resources link for interactive lessons plans using audio data, plus reference materials. Extensive audio gallery includes examples of sound production by invertebrates, fishes, marine mammals. Human uses of underwater sound and the technology and applications of acoustic equipment are explained. Profiles of researchers in physical oceanography, marine biology, engineering provides current examples.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Undergraduate lower division

COSEE Great Lakes Fresh & Salt Curriculum
This module encompasses 14 diverse lessons connecting Great Lakes topics to ocean science more generally - organized according to the Ocean Literacy standards. Designed to be used by teachers in grades 5-10, this exemplary collection provides teachers with an interdisciplinary approach. A varied range of instructional modes is offered, including data interpretation; experimentation; simulation; interactive mapping; and investigation.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school

Teaching Great Lakes Science
This website features a suite of lessons, activities and data sets all focused on various scientific aspects of the Great Lakes. Throughout the website, you will find usable data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into formal and informal educational settings and many are multidisciplinary.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school


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