Education

Educational resources on our worlds ocean.

National Geographic Education

National Geographic
Education

National Geographic Education Programs has created thousands of free educational resources aligned with National Standards, for use by teachers, informal educators, families, students, and kids. As part of the National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative, which aims to restore health and productivity to the ocean, NGEP has developed more than 450 ocean and geography themed assets in support of ocean education. These materials are meant to inspire people to care and act, reduce the impact of fishing, and promote the creation of marine protected areas. Explore natgeoed.org/ocean for high-quality activities, videos, photos, maps, encyclopedic entries, and articles to enhance knowledge and inspire a sense of ownership of the ocean.

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Wiley/Text Education

Wiley/TED Education

Teachers and students can use TED Studies: Marine Biology to enhance existing curricula in undergraduate education courses. Educators and students will find activities and multimedia resources which link the study of Marine Biology to the real world, plus expanded academic content such as key terms, related journal articles and major debates in this highly topical area. For an abridged, interactive version of this content, subscribe to the TED Studies: Marine Biologycourse via the iTunesU course app for iPad by clicking here .

 

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University of Oxford

Oxford University, Somerville College
Prof. Alex Rogers

Alex Rogers is a Professor of Conservation Biology at the Department of Zoology and a Fellow of Oxford University, Somerville College. He obtained his first degree in Marine Biology at the University of Liverpool and a Ph.D. in the genetics and taxonomy of marine invertebrates also at Liverpool. In his early career Alex held Research Fellowships at the Marine Biological Association, Plymouth and at the University of Southampton’s National Oceanography Centre. Since then he has lead the Core Programme on Biodiversity at British Antarctic Survey and then moved to the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, where he became a reader in marine ecology.

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One More Generation - OMG

One More Generation is a nonprofit organization founded by two elementary students who are dedicated to the preservation of endangered species and our environment. Their goal is to ensure all endangered species survive at least One More Generation… and beyond.

After starting OMG, Olivia (now 10) and her brother Carter (now 11.5) got involved in the animal rescue efforts during the BP Gulf Oil Spill. While they were in the Gulf they learned firsthand how plastic pollution affected animals in our oceans more than the oil from the oil spill. The two then launched their Plastic Awareness Coalition and then created various environmental-education programs.

The curriculum we're sharing with our TMP citizen is called "Effects of Plastic Pollution" which Olivia and Carter created in an effort to teach kids about the problem of plastics in our ocean. This curriculum is an area not currently being covered in traditional classrooms.

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Encyclopedia of Life - EOL

The Encyclopedia of Life has gathered information from all over the world to create the largest repository of species known to science. Their mission is to increase awareness and understanding of living nature through an Encyclopedia of Life that gathers, generates, and shares knowledge in an open, freely accessible and trusted digital resource.

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Council on Foreign Relations

Council on Foreign Relations

The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. As part of CFR's Studies Program, the International Institutions and Global Governance (IIGG) program produces articles, reports, and books and holds roundtables that analyze global governance issues and make concrete policy recommendations, including governance of the world’s oceans. IIGG’s flagship interactive, the Global Governance Monitor, features nine components, including the Oceans Monitor which provides a comprehensive guide to oceans governance.

 

 

Press4Kids

Press4Kids

Built by dedicated journalists, educators, and entrepreneurs, Press4Kids is the publisher of the award winning series News-O-Matic, the daily news application for young readers. P4K's team shares the goal of informing children about current news and world events — and inspiring them to read on a daily basis. They devoted a great deal of time and energy to ensure that News-O-Matic seamlessly combines literacy, fun, reading opportunities, and gamification to produce an engaging and interactive learning experience. Their highly experienced team of writers are kept very busy, committed to delivering the latest news content every weekday, 52 weeks a year. In addition, a daily Teacher’s Guide is provided to aid educators in class discussions. They are driven by the idea of motivating a generation of conscientious global citizens.

 

 

National Geographic Education

One Ocean Teacher Guide

Life on Earth would not be possible without the ocean. When viewed from space, our planet is a world covered with water. All living things are intimately tied to this water in so many ways. Yet, despite its importance, a 2003 report by the Pew Oceans Commission determined that the United States' general public knows very little about the ocean.

But why is this important? To understand how the ocean impacts our lives daily, we need to understand how it influences weather and climate, that its inhabitants produce much of the oxygen we breathe, that the life found in the ocean feeds us, and how its currents are used to connect humans around the Earth, as well as the myriad of ocean life forms that inspire and amaze us. When a person is literate in how the ocean impacts humanity on a daily basis, they are given the tools to better protect the ocean through their daily behaviors and their voting habits.

This guide was developed to support teachers in teaching topics with real-world context, and provide them with the background to feel competent and comfortable when teaching about the ocean. It provides a solid introduction to the ocean and the ocean literacy principles in an accessible and reader-friendly manner. In addition to general information about the ocean, the guide includes numerous education features, such as teaching tips and student thinking, that help to connect the content to classroom practice.

 
National Geographic Education

Marine Ecology, Human Impacts & Conservation

As part of National Geographic Society’s Ocean Initiative, National Geographic Education is working to help teachers like you educate your students about the importance of ocean health and the establishment and management of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

National Geographic Education has developed a series of teacher-tested classroom activities for you to use in your science courses, specifically to incorporate within your high school biology curriculum to teach students about marine ecology, human impacts on the ocean, and ocean conservation.

This collection of activities invites you to use current classroom technologies, videos, photo galleries, and maps to give students a clear view of the health and importance of the ocean. These activities provide you with tools that help students take effective notes, use graphic organizers, and formulate opinions about ocean-related environmental issues. This project-based learning experience culminates with students using their new knowledge about marine ecology and human impacts on the ocean to create and propose a management plan for a Marine Protected Area.

This unit was originally developed for the National Teacher Leadership Academy (NTLA) 2010 Summer Geography Institute.

National Geographic Education

Subject Area: Ocean Exploration
Grade Level: 6-8

Download Lesson PlanWhat does it mean to be an explorer?

Subject Area: Protect the Blue: Marine Protected Areas
Grade Level: 6-8

Download Lesson PlanHow does the percentage of protected land compare to the amount of protected ocean?

Subject Area: Undersea Geology
Grade Level: 6-8

Download Lesson PlanWhere are undersea geologic features located?

National Geographic Education

Subject Areas: Deep Sea Ecosystems: Extreme Living
Grade Level: 3-5

 

Download Lesson PlanHow are organisms able to survive in the deep sea?

Subject Areas: How People Affect Ocean Animals and Plants
Grade Level: K-2

 

Download Lesson PlanHow do people who live on coasts affect ocean animals and plants?

 
 
University of Oxford

Light and life in the ocean & Coral Reefs

Professor Alex Rogers has created two lesson plans to introduce students to life in the ocean and the importance of coral reefs. Each lesson plan offers a Power Point presentation, video and teachers aid. They are designed to introduce students to the various life in our oceans.

 

Subject Areas: Science and Art
Grade Level: K-6 (Ages 5-12)

 

Download Lesson PlanAlex Rogers Light and Life in the Ocean Lesson Plan

Download Lesson PlanAlex Rogers Coral Reefs Lesson Plan

 
 

Effects of Plastic Pollution

OMG created this set of 10 educational cards so they could show students how plastic pollution effects virtually every animal on the planet. The cards are designed to express the importance of awareness and also serve as a tool to allow students to work as a group to discuss ways to rectify the issue in their homes, schools, and community.

 

Lesson Objectives

  • Students will understand the effects of plastic pollution on living organisms.
  • Students will be more aware of simple changes each one of us can incorporate into our daily lives which will have an immediate impact on our environment.
  • Students will think critically about their role in reducing plastic pollution and be motivated to take responsible action to reduce the problem.

 

Subject Areas: Science and Art
Grade Level: K-6 (Ages 5-12)
Time: 60 minutes

 

Download Lesson PlanOMG Effects of Plastic Pollution Lesson Plan - PDF

Download Lesson PlanOMG Effects of Plastic Pollution Lesson Plan - Power Point

 
The Global Governance Monitor

The Global Governance Monitor: Oceans

The earth's oceans are increasingly threatened by a dizzying array of dangers, from piracy to climate change. To safeguard the world’s oceans, countries around the world need to embrace more effective multilateral governance in the economic, security, and environmental realms. So far, the most comprehensive attempt to govern the oceans produced the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). But U.S. refusal to ratify the convention has limited its strength, leaving a vacuum in the maritime regime. At the same time, other states that have joined the treaty sometimes ignore its guidelines or fail to coordinate policies across sovereign jurisdictions. Even if it were perfectly implemented, UNCLOS is now almost thirty years old and in need of updating. The Global Governance Monitor: Oceans is an interactive guide to oceans governance, featuring six components:

A brief video explaining the current challenges in governing the global oceans and the urgency of improving global governance efforts.

A graphic timeline tracing the history of oceans governance as well as oceans initiatives, from 1419 through the present.

An issue brief summarizing the current status of the multilateral oceans regime and laying out feasible steps that the United States should take to address gaps in the regime.

A matrix detailing institutions, initiatives, treaties, agreements, and bodies related to oceans governance.

An interactive map that catalogues UNCLOS membership and highlights major challenges facing oceans governance.

A list of resources , including foundational texts, essential documents, recent articles, and relevant CFR scholars on the subject.

 

 
News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic offers children their first daily news app. Its mission is to report current events to a young audience in a true, concise, educational, and emotionally safe manner. NOM’s content awakens children’s curiosity on different topics, opening the doors to the world. NOM encourages children to become habitual readers of the news naturally and it’s teachers guide is fully aligned with National Standards, making it a great asset to any classroom. NOM offers a fun and highly interactive experience. Articles are supported by short videos, educational games, and fun facts. The daily games relate to the stories of the day. An interactive map connects the location of the user to the location of the story with kid-friendly measurements to show the distance! Kids are also given a voice while they explore the latest news. They can rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings to NOM. Readers’ questions are vetted and answered every day by the Editor-in-Chief, and drawings are featured in the app’s News Room. NOM covers many stories about the oceans and its inhabitants promoting awareness and educating a new generation to respect and preserve our Earth. NOM is available for all Apple mobile devices and a free trial is available on the app store by clicking here.

Recent stories include:

A Whale of a Record - 4/1/14 Deep Sea Discovery - 2/11/14
Greenland's Iceberg Maker - 2/6/14 Down with Pirates - 1/17/14
Australia's Plan to Kill Sharks - 1/17/14 New Life in the Arctic Sea - 12/13/13
Green Sea Turtles Return to Florida - 12/12/13           Who Owns the North Pole? - 12/12/13

 

 

Encyclopedia of Life

One Species at a Time podcasts from the Encyclopedia of Life are hosted by Ari Daniel Shapiro and produced by Atlantic Public Media. The One Species at a Time podcast series from the Encyclopedia of Life provides a chance to dive into the world of biodiversity through lively, 3-5 minute audio stories about species. The podcasts are accompanied by a Meet the Scientist feature page, multimedia extras, interesting facts and relevant educational materials.

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Arctic Tern

Arctic Tern

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The arctic tern (Sterna paradisaea) makes an incredible migration each year. These small birds travel distances of more than 50,000 miles, from pole to pole, crossing through temperate and tropical regions along the way. Carsten Egevang used geo-locator tags to track some of these terns, and he shares their story with us in this tour. 

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The Arctic Tern Google Earth Tour is narrated by Ari Daniel Shapiro. Produced by Atlantic Public Media and Eduardo Garcia Milagros.

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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna

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What is it like to be eyeball to eyeball with a fish the size of a Volkswagen? Learn about the process of tagging tuna and how those tags are revealing surprises that might help save tuna from their own popularity in sushi restaurants.

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Google Earth Tour Video Credits:

This tour was created by Eduardo Garcia-Milagros, in collaboration with Atlantic Public Media , Randy Kochevar and Andre Boustany. The tour is narrated by One Species at a Time host, Ari Daniel Shapiro

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If you have Google Earth installed, you can download and view the tour (4.7 MB) on your computer.  If you have the Google Earth plugin installed as well, you can view the tour directly in your browser.

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Bowhead Whale

Bowhead Whale

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Writer Karen Romano Young takes an icebreaker to Barrow, Alaska, to join in the festival of Naluqatak and learn about the intimate relationship between the Inupiat Eskimos and the bowhead whale. Listen as she tells Ari Daniel Shapiro how the whole community turns out for whale hunt, how the bowhead nourishes the Inupiat, both physically and spiritually—and how the hunt is proving to be an unexpected gift to scientists.

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Box Jellyfish

Box Jellyfish

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Learn how three fiery, painful stings during an early morning swim in Hawaii changed the life of researcher Angel Yanagihara. Once the young biochemist had recovered from her box jelly encounter, Carybdea alata had her full attention. Now she works to unlock the secrets of venom of these beautiful, and sometimes dangerous, angels of the sea.

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Think you can dance?

 

We challenged our listeners to dance like a box jellyfish. Check out all of the great submissions! Thanks to all who contributed!

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Chinook Salmon

Chinook Salmon

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Can painted wooden fish on a schoolyard fence change human behavior and help clean up the ocean for the real salmon? Stream of Dreams in British Columbia thinks so, and a lot of wooden fish and some 100,000 school kids later, they have some intriguing results to show for their effort.  

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Coral

Coral

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Coral reefs are bustling cities of marine life, until rising ocean temperatures turn them into ghost towns. Can reefs spring back from devastating bleaching events? Ari Daniel Shapiro and researcher Dr. Randi Rotjan of the New England Aquarium, journey to the remote Phoenix Islands to find out.

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Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellates

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Science contributor Josh Kurz, tells the story of dinoflagellates through “music from the bottom of the food chain.” There are “billions of these microscopic creatures in every bucket of the salty sea,” Kurz reveals. Learn which dinoflagellate has a special glow, and which one is responsible for killing more people every year than sharks.

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Giant Squid

Giant Squid

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How do you get two dead Giant Squid the size of a school bus from a fishing boat in Spain to a museum in Washington, DC, USA? Call in the Navy! Find out how Operation Calamari unfolded and how the museum managed to put their new Giant Squid on display.

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Great White Shark

Great White Shark

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Students from Martha's Vineyard Regional High School in Massachusetts and La Salle Academy in Rhode Island question shark researcher Greg Skomal about this charismatic predator at the top of the ocean food chain. Learn some surprising facts and the answers to such questions as what preys on the Great White and do they mate for life?

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Greenland Shark

Greenland Shark

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Join shark expert Greg Skomal as he ventures under the Arctic ice in search of the Greenland shark. Sharing this icy, blue twilight with an apex predator is a thrill--so long as you don’t end up being mistaken for a ringed seal, the shark’s favorite meal. In this episode, we’ll learn how Skomal’s research is revealing how these evolutionary survivors endure despite astonishing obstacles. 

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Map of the High Seas

Map of the High Seas

This High Seas Map by National Geographic shows the parameters of our high seas, covering 64% of the ocean. Every nation has jurisdiction over their coastlines up to 200 nautical miles out. The High Seas are the open waters beyond the limits of the territorial jurisdiction of a country.


Map of Ocean Life: Diversity, Distribution, Abundance

Ocean Diversity

The first Census Of Marine Life, completed in 2010, brought together 2,700 scientists from more than 80 nations to establish a baseline of the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the global ocean against which future change can be measured.

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Credits:
Map design and development: Census Of Marine Life Mapping & Visualization Team: Patrick Halpin, Jesse Cleary and Ben Donnelly; National Geographic Maps: Allen Carroll, Frank Biasi and Richard Bullington. Photo and content development: Census of Marine Life. Education & Outreach Team; Sara Hickox, Darlene Crist and Frank Baker. TOPP visualization: Autumn-Lynn Harrison Supplemental information and full scientific citations for contributed content Located at  http://mgel.env.duke.edu/comlmaps Produced by National Geographic Maps for the Census Of Marine Life
Copyright © 2010 National Geographic Society,  Washington, D.C.


Map of Ocean Life: Past, Present, and Future

Ocean Diversity

The first Census Of Marine Life, completed in 2010, brought together 2,700 scientists from more than 80 nations to establish a baseline of the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the global ocean against which future change can be measured.

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Credits:
Map design and development: Census Of Marine Life Mapping & Visualization Team: Patrick Halpin, Jesse Cleary and Ben Donnelly; National Geographic Maps: Allen Carroll, Frank Biasi and Richard Bullington. Photo and content development: Census of Marine Life. Education & Outreach Team; Sara Hickox, Darlene Crist and Frank Baker. TOPP visualization: Autumn-Lynn Harrison Supplemental information and full scientific citations for contributed content Located at  http://mgel.env.duke.edu/comlmaps Produced by National Geographic Maps for the Census Of Marine Life  
Copyright © 2010 National Geographic Society,  Washington, D.C.