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Adaptations From the Depths: Octopus

Grade Level:

3-5
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
A 5E curriculum that takes elementary students through a variety of exploratory actibities to learn about adaptations of the octopus.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/octopusadaptations.pdf

Aquarius

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: University of North Carolina Wilmington
A collection of lesson plans on marine topics including coral biology and ocean exploration.
Find More: https://www.uncw.edu/ED/aquarius/index.html

Coral Ecosystems

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA Education Resources
Lesson plans, background info, experiments, media, and career profiles concerning coral reef ecosystems.
Find More: http://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/coral-ecosystems

Coral Reef Adventure Educator’s Guide

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Macgillivray Freeman Films
Lessons and activities related to coral reefs, threats, and associated organisms.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/edu.html#guide

Coral Reef Collection

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: National Geographic
A collection of videos, games, and articles about coral reefs.
Find More: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/topics/coral-reefs/

Coral Reef Teachers Guide

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Reef Relief
Coprehensive coral reef curricula including background info, lesson plans, activites, and resources.
Find More: https://reefrelief.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/coral-reef-teachers-guide-by-wendy-weir.pdf

Deep Coral Communites

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Learn the biology of deep sea coral communities and analyze data from real scientific transects with lesson plans, videos, a power point, and activities.
Find More: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/deep-coral-communities/

Fish Fun!

Grade Level:

3-5
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
A 5E curriculum that teaches elementary students how three different fish species are adapted for different feeding styles.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/fishfunlesson.pdf

Marine Debris Curricula

Grade Level:

5-12
Source: NOAA Marine Debris Program
Several curricula to learn about marine debris issues.
Find More: https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/activities-and-curricula

NOAA Teacher Resources

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Lesson plans on various coral reef topics including spawning, marine sanctuaries, marine debris, and reef monitoring.
Find More: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/

Ocean Literacy Framework

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Ocean Literacy
A guide to incorporating ocean concepts into everyday teaching. Ocean Literacy is understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean.
Find More: http://oceanliteracy.wp2.coexploration.org/?page_id=47

Ocean Planet

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Smithsonian Education
Six ocean themed lesson plans with activities.
Find More: http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/lesson_plans/ocean/main.html

Recycling: Solid Choices Curriculum for Schools

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Department of Environmental Protection
Recycling and waste reduction curriculum, green cafeteria presentations, and other marine debris resources.
Find More: https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/content/recycling-education-resources-kids-and-teachers

Reef Monitoring

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
A 5E curriculum that teaches students about the challenges of reef monitoring and tests their observation skills. Students examine actual reef monitoring images for chages over time in a reef habitat.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/reefmonitoringlesson.pdf

Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs

Grade Level:

4-6
Source: NOAA National Ocean Science
Lesson plans and activities on coral reef biology, symbioses, and bleaching.
Find More: https://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/education/reef_remote_sensing.php

Understanding Ocean Acidification

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and Channel Islands National Park.
Lesso plans and activities to demonstrate and explore the effects of increasing CO2 on marine organisms, food webs, and humans.
Find More: http://www.cisanctuary.org/ocean-acidification/hands_on_activities.php

Using Ocean Adventures in the Classroom

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: Ocean Adventures: Jean-Michel Cousteau
Ocean themed lesson plans, games, activities, and articles.
Find More: http://www.pbs.org/kqed/oceanadventures/educators/