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This section provides direct access to lesson plans developed by scientists and educators during Ocean Explorer field seasons. These lessons are geared toward students in Grades 5-12. Presented here as Web-based education materials, each lesson plan corresponds with a specific ocean exploration and can be supplemented with daily logs prepared by scientists and educators during each mission at sea. Images and video captured in the daily logs provide an invaluable resource for teachers and students as they explore these lessons.

Each lesson includes the following sections: Focus Question, Learning Objectives, Teaching Time, Seating Arrangement, Background Information, a step-by-step Learning Procedure, a “Me” Connection, Connections to Other Subjects, Assessments, Extensions, Resources, Student Handouts, and connections to daily expedition Web logs. Older lessons are aligned to the National Science Education Standards and newer lessons support the Next Generation Science Standards (and their associated Common Core Standards). All lessons from 2006 to the present also support the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts. Some lessons also have Adaptations for Teachers of Deaf Students.

The web links provided in Lesson Plans are verified at the time of publication, but over time, some links may change or become obsolete. Searching the web with key words may help to locate an updated site.

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To search for a lesson plan on a particular subject, use the site's Advanced Search Function. Click on the "Search Lesson Plans" link above and type in your search. Following these instructions will enable you to quickly and easily find the lesson plans you need.

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You can also find lesson plans by expedition. Use the "Find lesson plans" link and then select the expedition you're interested in. You can then click on the "education" link to find lesson plans on that expedition. Note: lesson plans are only available for Signature Expeditions.