Oceans

by Mary Ann

Homeschool resources about oceans

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Calendar Connections Printables  ()
Free downloadable cards to be printed with graphic on one side and facts on the other. This pages has sets for: bugs, plants, ocean life, Independence Day, the Arctic and Antarctica, explorers, weather, astronomy, Presidents, Christmas around the world, and rainforests

National Park Service - Explore Nature - Water Resources  (Y,M,O,T)
Comprehensive resource off all NPS properties dealing with water. Includes Water Resources Webcams, USGS Water Quality Partnership, Implementing the National Park Service Ocean Park Stewardship Action Plan and more!

Curriculum Center - Oceans  (M,O,T)
Activities, puzzles and project ideas to boost the study of Oceans.

Marine Biology: The Living Oceans  (Y,M,O,T)
From Ology - American Museum of Natural History.

MGBnet - What is it like where you live?  (Y,M)
The MBGnet project is a series of videos about terrestrial biomes and aquatic habitats called What's It Like Where You Live?. The MBGnet website was based on these videos and gives additional information about the ecosystems.

Secrets of the Ocean Realm  (M)
These science activities were developed for use with students in grades 5-7 (with extensions for lower and higher grades), and will investigate such topics as oceanography, marine biology, ecology, physics, conservation, and scuba diving. Each activity contains a set of objectives, background information, target teaching level, a list of materials, procedures, follow-up evaluation, and some additional Web references. Grades 5-7.

Ocean Fun!  (Y)
The "Thank You Ocean" campaign was designed to instill in Californians a sense of personal connection and responsibility to our ocean and coast. ThankYouOcean.Org provides access to everything ocean in California including how to learn about and where to experience the ocean, the impacts of daily decisions on ocean life, ocean conservation issues, and what to do to help the ocean.

EPA Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds Kids' Page  (Y)
These are sites with information about water.

International Year of the Ocean  (Y,M)
Kids and Teacher Corner

Shedd Educational Adventures (SEA)  (Y,M,O,T)
Contains a treasure trove of aquatic science resources for K-12 teachers and students. SEA brings the Philippines to life for your students with fact sheets and multimedia interactives based on the Wild Reef exhibit at Shedd Aquarium.

Marine Biology: The Living Oceans  (Y,M,O,T)
Ology - American Museum of Natural History. Science-rich Website for Kids

Exploring Nature Educational Resource  (Y,M,O,T)
There is a subscriber side and a free nin-member side. Check it out, great resource.

Alaska Sea Life Center  (Y,M,O,T)
Offers an unrivaled, up-close and personal experience with Gulf of Alaska marine wildlife. Witness a 2000+ pound Steller sea lion gliding past underwater viewing windows, puffins diving in a carefully crafted naturalistic habitat, and harbor seals resting on rocky beaches. Alaskan king crab, sea stars, and the Giant Pacific octopus also await you, as well as a whole variety of intertidal creatures and deep sea fishes.

Bridge  (Y,M,O,T)
Sea Grant Ocean Sciences Education Center. The best marine education materials available on the Web.

National Marine Mammal Laboratory  (Y,M,O,T)
(NMML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California.

Steller sea lions research  (Y,M,O,T)
North Pacific Universities Marine Mammal Research Consortium 200

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution  (T)
WHOI is the world's largest private, nonprofit ocean research, engineering and education organization.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography  (Y,M,O,T)
One of the oldest, largest, and most important centers for marine science research, graduate training, and public service in the world. Research at Scripps Institution of Oceanography encompasses physical, chemical, biological, geological, and geophysical studies of the oceans.

Darling Marine Center  (Y,M,O,T)
The marine laboratory of the University of Maine and the site of world renowned marine research.

Marine Photobank  (Y,M,O,T)
Marine Photobank is a free resource of ocean imagery that highlights pressing ocean issues and includes accompanying downloadable Photo Stories. Some subjects covered are Marine Pollution and Trash, Fishing Methods, and Reefs in Peril/Coral Bleaching.

Ocean Surface Topography  (O)
Designed by NASA for older students with critical thinking skills, this site contains a variety of ocean activities relating to many different aspects of ocean life.

Continents and Oceans Online Quiz  (Y,M,O,T)
Test your geography knowledge of continents and oceans

Savage Seas  (Y,M)
Use a wave simulator and explore tsunamis, freak wanes, and trade winds

The Grave of the Titanic  (Y,M)
Trace the Titanic's route, plot wreckage coordinates on a map, use percentages to calculate lifeboat capacity and more.

Sea Life Poetry  (Y,M)
Using Internet resources listed with the lesson plan, students discover oceans and sea life and use this material for different forms of poetry. Good way to integrate language arts into an ocean unit study.

Free Oceanography CD  (O)
The TOPEX/POSEIDON mission was designed to provide information about the changing topography of the world's oceans which, in turn, helps scientists to understand the ocean's role in the global climate.

Treasures @ Sea  (Y)
Exploring the ocean through literature

A Jason-1 Oceanic Adventure - Voyage on the High Seas  (Y,M,O,T)
Designed for children ages 9-13, this game offers a fun, learning opportunity for the entire family. In addition to being a game, it is an eye-catching poster showing continents, oceans and all of the major ocean currents. On the reverse, there are black and white educational activities designed to be reproduced directly from the poster for use in the classroom.

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