Additional Education Resources
There are many excellent resources available for teaching ocean science and ocean exploration. We highlight several of these during both our onsite and online Ocean Explorer teacher professional development offerings. Below you will find links to exemplary tools and resources to further help you bring ocean science into your classroom.
NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection
Volume 1: Why Do We Explore?
For those who have participated in the Why Do We Explore? Ocean Exploration Professional Development, the slides from the workshop are available here for your use.
- Why Do We Explore? Workshop Presentation
- Watch the Screen lesson: images of agar plates for different extracts
Volume 2: How Do We Explore?
For those who have participated in the How Do We Explore Ocean Exploration Professional Development, the slides from the workshop are available here for your use.
Okeanos Atlas: Follow the expeditions of the Okeanos Explorer in near real time or explore the tracks of past expeditions. This interactive atlas provides links to background information, images, data, classroom lessons and much more. First time users: This one page guide will help you to learn many of the tools available within the atlas. One page reference guide.
Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration (LOSTOE): A Curriculum for Grades 5-12For those who have participated in the Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration Professional Development, the slides from the Introductory Workshop and the Follow Up Workshop are available here for your use.
Images and Video
Visit the Multimedia link at the top of the Ocean Explorer homepage to find an Ocean Explorer video playlist, an Okeanos Explorer video playlist, images and interactive maps. Be sure to also visit the Photo and Video logs for each expedition. All images and video are available for use in the classroom.
Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts
Ocean literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person understands the Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts about the functioning of the ocean; can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way; and is able to make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources. Developed through a community-wide consensus-building process, this definition along with the Essential Principles and supporting Fundamental Concepts build on previous efforts to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials and assessments.
Introduction to the Scope and Sequence
The Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12 is an instructional tool that shows how educators can help learners build their understanding of the seven Ocean Literacy Principles throughout grades K–12. Conceptual flow diagrams are used as the graphical illustrations of this progression of understanding and instruction.
This climate literacy guide identifies the essential principles and fundamental concepts that individuals and communities should understand about Earth's climate system. Such understanding improves our ability to make decisions about activities that increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change and to take precautionary steps in our lives and livelihoods that would reduce those vulnerabilities.
National Marine Sanctuaries
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries serves as the trustee for a network of 14 marine protected areas encompassing more than 170,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Visit this web link to find out more!
NOAA Education Resources
Education resources are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and on NOAA partner websites. This portal is designed to assist educators in accessing these materials from one centralized interface. The content here is a sampling of NOAA's education resources and more can be found at each linked location.
NOAA Teacher at Sea
The mission of the NOAA Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.
- Introduction to NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer presentation by John McDonough, Deputy Director at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
- Deep Ocean Exploration: New Discoveries and Implications for Our Warming Planet presentation by Steve R. Hammond, Chief Scientist at NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and a Professor in the Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Oregon's Hatfield Marine Science Center. Dr. Hammond discusses recent discoveries that have particular relevance to global climate change, how it is impacting our ocean, and some of the potential consequences.
- HMS Challenger
Animations were created to give the viewer a sense of what it was like to be aboard the HMS Challenger, a 19th century sailing vessel that was the first of its kind outfitted specifically for ocean exploration and marine science.
- Sea to Shining Sea
The Marine Conservation Biology Institute (MCBI), National Geographic Society, NOAA, and SkyTruth created "From Sea to Shining Sea" — a map that depicts the 3.6 million square miles of U.S. land above sea level, but specifically highlights the 4.4 million square miles of ocean under U.S. jurisdiction. Request a hard copy of the Sea to Shining Sea map or visit the interactive web-based map using Google Earth.
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