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Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

Found in: science; 6-8; 9-12

Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures is the companion website for the KQED’s documentary episodes produced in 2006, 2008, and 2009.  Here are some examples of the rich resources offered to help teach your middle and high school students about and address the most important issues affecting the health of our oceans:

  • For Educators offers lessons, interactive games, articles, videos, teacher tips, glossary, and more. Intended for grade 6-10 students and teachers, the resources cover adaptations, ecosystems and human impact and are aligned with National Science Content Standards and Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. Educator guides are available for each episode. Some lessons require video episodes.
  • Ocean Careers Exploration In this lesson, students in grades 6-10 research the careers of members of the Ocean Adventures expedition team as well as learn the advantages of having a team of diverse individuals. A graphic organizer is provided.
  • You Are What You Eat: Plastics And Marine Life ( PDF 1 MB, 8 pgs) In this activity, students in grades 6-10 match animal cards to plastic risks to learn students how marine life is affected by plastics.
  • Fun & Games includes games, screensavers, and wallpapers. (NOTE: Links to games on the Fun & Games page do not work. Link directly from the For Educators page.) Predator Protector asks students to guide three sharks away from threats and toward food. The game supplies information on Great White, Swell, and Gray Reef sharks. If they earn sufficient points they advance to a new level and new shark species.
  • Tag, You're It! Tracking the Gray Whale Journey explains what scientists learn about whales by tagging and tracking them with satellites.
  • Nudibranchs (1:51) is one of 14 short videos. The video shows only a few of the more than 3000 known species of nudibranchs, or sea slugs, in the world. They range in size from ¼ inch to more than a foot, are colorful, and poisonous to predators.


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