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Ocean Science



The Smithsonian Institution  
Sant Ocean Hall

Video: BlowingDolphinRings.wmv

NOAA Ocean Explorer
Expeditions and a lesson bank

NOAA Education - all things ocean

NOAA Okeanos Explorer
Education Materials Collection  Hands-On Activities for  Grades 5-12
Topics: Why Do We Explore?
           Climate Change
           Human Health
           Ocean Health

COSEE-Mid Atlantic
Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence

National Marine Sanctuaries Media Library A comprehensive database containing a collection of high-quality still images and video footage featuring all 13 national marine sanctuaries and the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. The database is fully searchable by keyword, category and location, and all the images are tagged with relevant information including resolution and usage rights.

Mid-Atlantic Marine Educators Association (MAMEA)
Join Maryland and other Mid-Atlantic educators at the annual conference at the National Aquarium in Baltimore!  Click title for information about MAMEA and the conference.

Ocean Literacy Standards
National Standards for Ocean Education

Oceans Live NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries Lessons with free video clips


NASA  Ocean  Motion
Five modules with multiple lessons: Navigation, Traveling on a Rotating Sphere, Data and Information, Global Ocean Warming, Energy Balance


NOAA Learning Objects

The NOAA Ocean Exploration Program has released graphic-based oceanography Learning Objects. Each Learning Object includes a video demonstration and interactive activities/puzzles. The included lessons cover diverse topics ranging from plate tectonics to ocean currents to deep sea benthos.

Sustainable Seafood
- National Geographic How can we balance our tastes with what's right for the ocean? 

Ocean Literacy Principles  - Seven Essential Principles for Ocean Literacy: An Activity Guide for Educators 28 activity-based lessons, one for each grade group for each of the seven OLPs.
This activity guide is the first in a three volume series that will help teachers and informal educators for grades K-12th embrace the Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP) and put them into practice.

American Museum of Natural History  - Milstein Hall of Science
Instructional resources for grades PK-Post Secondary as well as professional development for teachers

Dive and Discover With Dive and Discover, your students are at the frontline of scientific inquiry as they join scientists—geologists, chemists and biologists—who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing new deep-sea discoveries. 

  • C.O.O.L. Classroom

    Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory

    C.o.o.l. is a series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers RMCS COOLroom

    SEA at Woods Hole  K- 12 Lessons

    SEA's K-12 Lesson plans have recently been awarded the prestigious StudyWeb® Academic Excellence Award as,  "one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers."

     Sample Lesson: How to Hide in the Ocean

    VIMS The Bridge Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences and National Sea Grant
    This section links to sites with curriuclum units and large collections of lesson plans and/or classroom activities.

    Eyes on the Bay Maryland Department of Natural Resources

    Real time data on DO, salinity, HABs, turbidity; alerts; trends


    Oceans for Life Field experiences and resources for students and teachers


    Maryland Sea Grant Marine Science Education

    MBARI Module- Pelagic Predators

    During this unit, students will use evolving satellite technology to follow open-ocean animals along their migration routes and examine the connections between physical and biological requirements and animal behaviors. 

    MBARI Module- Coastal Processes

    This activity uses realtime data from the MBARI LOBO ocean observatory project to introduce students to marine chemistry, environmental science and oceanography. Using this multidisciplinary approach, students will investigate their own questions about how agriculture and coastal processes affect estuarine waterways.
    Case Study: Upwelling     Case Study: Elkhorn Slough Nitrogen Study   more lessons...


    MBARI- Ocean Careers

    Sea Turtle Migration Satellite Tracking


    Whale Tracking


    Travel to Underwater vents in Alvin


    Virtual Kelp Forest Visit


    Forces of Change –The Smithsonian Institution


    Ocean Planet Resources


    NOAA’s Virtual World

    On NOAA's island, one can soar through a hurricane on the wing of a research aircraft, rise gently through the atmosphere atop a weather balloon, or search for a hidden underwater cave on a side trip from a NOAA submarine.


    Free Coral Reef Video Clips
    Compliments of Peter Murphy, Ph.D./University of Exeter
    Choose from more than 600 reef videos. All are free for educational purposes and work will in PowerPoint or on web pages. If you're a Mac user you can view files using the free VLC Media Player or just convert from AVI to Quicktime using one of many free applications on the net.

    Magic Porthole
    Guides, video and games on coral reefs.


  • Contact Information
    Gary Hedges, Science Specialist
    Maryland State Department of Education
    200 West Baltimore Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201
    Phone:  410-767-0323
    Email:  ghedges@msde.state.md.us
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