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Ocean Explorer

Found in: science; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

Ocean Explorer is a collection of grade 5-12 science and social studies learning and teaching tools designed to engage and augment environmental literacy. Ocean Explorer is a huge website. What follow are only highlights:

  • Education offers hundreds of lesson plans related to ocean exploration, multimedia packages, expedition modules, ocean science curriculum, lessons on the Gulf of Mexico and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and more. Lessons are aligned to standards.
  • How Do Your Corals Grow? ( PDF, 737 KB, 23 pgs.) Small groups of students (grades 5-6) make models to investigate how the branching structure of Lophelia coral colonies affects its ability to feed and present the results of their investigations. All necessary worksheets and images are included.
  • Shipwreck Mystery ( PDF, 1 Mb, 14 pgs.) Students (grades 7-8) work in small groups to draw inferences about a shipwreck given information about its location and characteristics of artifacts.
  • A Quest for Anomalies ( PDF, 1.1 Mb, 14 pgs.) Students (grades 9-12) work in pairs or small groups to explain how redox potential and optical backscatter are related to geologic features and deep-sea ecosystems and analyze real CTD (conductivity, temperature, depth profiler) data for the presence of anomalies.
  • Multimedia includes video, images, interactive maps, games, and puzzles.
  • Ocean Exploration Facts provide answers to common ocean questions. Areas covered are ocean features, weather and climate, ecosystems, and diversity. The questions are categorized according to the seven Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts ( PDF, 695 KB, 13 pgs.) for grades K-12.
  • Explorations are chronicles of expeditions from 2001-2016. Browse expeditions by year or by topic. Topic headings are geology, life & ecosystems, marine archaeology, ocean places, and technology.
  • Data include oceanographic and geophysical information, video, images, and documents, provided in a range of formats. The Digital Atlas is a an interactive map that provides access to expedition-specific collections of data.


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