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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

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

National Geographic Lesson Plans: Bird Baths: Cleaning Up Wildlife After Oil Spills
In this lesson, students explore the causes and effects of events such as oil spills and contaminations. They will then experience first-hand the feel of oil spills, determine an environmental problem that affects their community, and develop an "action plan" to minimize the risk to one form of wildlife. Finally, they will examine ways in which public and private organizations partner to keep the environment, and its wildlife, healthy.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary

CENCOOS Oil Spill Lesson Plan
This lesson plan, developed for the MBARI EARTH Workshop, uses ocean observing data to predict the movement and eventual location of a hypothetical off-shore oil spill of the coast of California.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Great Lakes Lessons: Teaching with Great Lakes Data
Often scientific data can be too scientific to use in a classroom. Teaching with Great Lakes Data connects educators and students to data collected throughout the Great Lakes and breaks the information into a digestible format. provides Great Lakes data sets, an overview of teaching methods, and ready-to-go lessons and activities. Any of these resources may be easily incorporated into your curriculum and are multidisciplinary. All the materials on the website are free.
Grade Level: 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

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

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

Virginia Scientists & Educators Alliance (VA SEA) Lesson Plan Collection
VA SEA is a network of graduate students, teachers, and informal educators aimed at transferring scientific research into usable lesson plans.
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La MER: Louisiana Marine Education Resources
A repository for Louisiana regional marine science resources. Hands-on Aquatic Education Projects available: attend field trips/camps in a marsh ecosystem; set-up a classroom nursery aquarium for protected fish species; Teacher workshop on microscopy as a teaching tool; and more. Classroom Resources include lesson plans covering: oyster biology and issues; manatee conservation; invasive species; the Dead Zone issue with data; using microscopes to study of marine and aquatic materials.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

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