Oceanography Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within oceanography.
CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within
a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students
and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help
them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials
(lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
El NiñoTheme Page
Tsunamis Theme Page
Whale Theme Page
General Oceanography Resources
This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study
of earthquakes. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information,
content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also
links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide
instruction in this theme. Please read our
- Check out their "subjects" pages for an extensive meta-list of links to
aquatic resources, organized under the subjects of aquaculture, conservation
and education, fisheries, limnology, marine science and oceanography, maritime
heritage, ocean engineering, and seafood.
an Expert: Ocean or Ocean Animals (Ask Jake the Sea Dog)
- This service is offered by WhaleTimes. For other oceanographic "ask an
expert" resources, use the links to "Neptune's Web" or "Sea World Busch Gardens"
further down this page.
Columbia Creature Page
- Part of "dive BC's" website, this link has good photographs with
basic descriptive text of a range of organisms such as Octupus, Invertabrates,
Mammels, Fish, Crabs and an artificial reef project
the Year of the Ocean
- Education World has put together this list of 18 suggested classroom activities
which teachers can use within math, geography, science, and language arts
Core Knowledge Lesson Plans
A one-two week teaching unit on oceans for primary and pre-primary students.
Lesson Plans Resources on Oceans, Whales and Sea Life
- A meta-list of links to teaching resources on these topics.
- Click on "Oceanography" for several lessons for students in grades 3-9.
Project: Marine Ecosystems
Coral Reefs Learn where coral reefs are located, the threats to them,
coral reefs in Belize, and coral reef animals.
Topics include: Ocean Zonation, Ocean Light Zones, Ocean Data, Ocean Forests,
Patterns in the Ocean, The Atlantic & Pacific, Oceans, How the Ocean Refreshes
Itself, Food From the Sea, and Dolphin Safe Tuna?
Learn more about the intertidal zone - shorelines, estuaries, mudflats,
salt marsh animals and plants, and more.
the Mysteries of the Oceans
- Intermediate students use Internet resources to "explore interesting topics
related to the ocean such as its geography, role in folklore, endangered species,
marine biology, and an event in its past."
Fish Information Service
- FINS is an archive of information about aquariums (freshwater, marine,
tropical and temperate). Categories of information include: Information for
Aquarists; Pictures, Movies and other Images; Directories; Other Information
Sources; Miscellaneous; and, Related Topics at Other Sites.
and Oceans, Canada (Pacific Region)
- An extensive web site (see site map) with resources on many oceanographic
topics from Abalone to Tsunamis. This federal government web site also provides
access to governmental documents, including the Canada - British Columbia
Agreement on the Management of Pacific Salmon Fishery Issues.
of Physical Geography
- Although this online textbook from Michael Pidwirny, Okanagan University
College, is intended for postsecondary students studying introductory physical
geography, much of it may be applicable for high school students as well.
Contents include over two hundred pages of information, more than three hundred
2-D and animated graphics, an interactive glossary of terms, a study guide,
links to other Internet resources, and a search engine. See the Table of Contents
to directly access the Hydrology section with several chapters on oceanography
National Science Foundation (Ocean Science)
- This site will link you to a large number of specialized information web
sites dedicated to ocean sciences including careers, researching and some
Oceans and Deserts
- Seven lessons on oceans for grades 2/3 students.
Year of the Ocean: Kid's and Teacher's Resources
- This United Nations' International Year of the Ocean (IYO) site has information
about marine habitats, ocean creatures, projects, student activities, and
links to other related sites.
Lessons from the Sea II
- Lessons at this site include: Create a mangrove tree (Grades K-8); Naked
Egg (Grades K-8); Press seaweed (Grades K-12); Build a hydrometer (Grades
5-12); and Compare freshwater and saltwater (Grades 5-12).
- This US Navy site has information for students as well as teachers. The
above link is to their home page with access, for example to their "Student
Sea of Knowledge" containing triva, an oceanographic encyclopedia, an ask
an expert function, and information about careers in oceanography. There are
also resources for teachers - we've made a direct link below to their collection
of lesson plans.
Lesson Plans A variety of lesson plans for the study of oceanographic
topics within creative art, mathematics, language arts, phsyical education,
and social studies.
Color Viewed from Space
- A teacher resource site that provides background information and suggested
student activities for studying life in the oceans.
Oceanography from the Space Shuttle
- A pictorial survey of oceanic phenomena visible to the naked eye from space.
- As part of an exhibit on the "Ocean Planet", the Smithsonian Institute
has collected a large number of links to educational materials that educators
could use in teaching a unit about the ocean. Included are: teacher materials
(e.g., lesson plans, teacher guides, articles); fact sheets (e.g., threats
to the health of oceans, endangered species); family activities; children's
books; film guides, theater scripts and CD-ROMS.
- This link is to two instructional units that are part of the "Science With
OAR" web site developed by the University of South Alabama. One unit is on
ocean temperatures and the other on ocean currents. Both consist of explanatory
sections, student activity assignments, and links to other sites where students
can collect the data to answer the questions.
and Undersea Life
- This collaborative thematic unit for K-5 students has suggestions for how
students' study of the oceans and seas of the world, the animal life that
swims in them, and the countries that border them can be integrated within
many subject areas.
A Study via Remote Sensing
- This NJNIE curriculum module provides information on how oceanagraphic
data are collected from ships and buoys located around the world and posted
on the Internet. There are three lesson plans in which students use the information
from buoys and ships to work through a range of scientific activities.
- This is the starting point for a virtual field trip on oceans from Tramline.
Experts in the subject have selected a number of web sites on oceans and arranged
them in a sequence to tell a story for students to follow. Students can move
from one web stop in the field trip to the next with ample opportunity to
explore within the individual web site as they wish. However, since their
web browser page has been split into an inner part (showing that stop in the
field trip) and an outer part (giving navigational tools to go through the
entire field trip), they can always return to their "tram" and go to the next
stop. To be effective, teachers would have to ensure that student browsing
through the field trip sites was purposeful. Teacher guides can be printed.
Voyagers Lesson Plans
- About a dozen multidisciplinary unit plans for middle school teachers which
use oceanographic science as a theme for integrating all principal subjects.
- Ocean World has instructional modules on the following topics and the interrelationship
with the ocean: Weather, El Nino, Fisheries, Icebergs, Ice Ages, Waves, and
Currents. Included in the modules are links to other, relevant sites. Ocean
World also has an extensive list of classroom activities, an Oceans Atlas,
and an Ask an Expert link.
about Careers in Oceanograpy
- Answers to: What is an oceanographer? Where does one study oceanography?
Who hires oceanographers? Who supports oceanographers? Where does one obtain
- This site contains informative educational material that will encourage
students to think about the complexity of coral reefs and their surrounding
environment, the threats reefs are facing, and the possible solutions to these
threats. There's lots of photos of different coral species and reef types.
World Busch Gardens
- There are a number of resources at this site that teachers and students
may find useful. For example, there's information on animals as well as careers
in marine mammal science or zoological parks. Perhaps the most useful however
will be the "Teacher's Curriculum Guides" which integrate science, mathematics,
geography, art and language in units on how people interact with the ocean
environment and how we can best take care of our ocean resources.
of the Ocean World
- From PBS, this site has information for intermediate/junior high students
on a number of sea dwellers. Teachers will be especially interested in the
section "In the School" with its set of suggested activities to go along with
- TrackStar is an online interface which allows instructors to create lessons
for students by sequencing existing instructional content in various web sites
within a lesson. Students explore one topic at a particular location within
one web site then move on to the next topic at another web site. The list
of topics remains visible throughout the lesson so that students can remain
on track. Explorations of the web sites beyond the designated instructional
content are also possible.
This link is to their search page from where a keyword search on "oceans"
will produce numerous hits. Caution #1: Many of the web sites that these
lessons access may already be on this CLN page - it's the creation of lesson
objectives and the sequencing of the tours through the sites that make the
lesson potentially useful to your students. Caution #2: The quality of the
lessons (e.g., definining objectives, finding web sites, sequencing the
tours) will vary widely within the TrackStar collection.
@ Sea: Exploring the Ocean Through Literature
- In this unit/module plan, students read story books about the ocean and
then apply the information they have gained through creative writing, art
and interactive activities. (Caution: You may experience delays in connecting
to the site.)
Wide Virtual Library: Oceanography
- A meta-list of links to web resources on oceanography.
Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content
in Oceanography. For other resources in Science (e.g., curricular content
in Earth Science, General Science, Life Science, or Physical Science), or
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