Welcome to the Ocean Literacy course! This course will help you understand how you are connected to the ocean and how the ocean helps you. There are 7 principles in total. Your teacher will help guide you through each of the sections. You can earn Badges by completing each one of these topics. You can also earn badges by completing the assignments in each section.
After you have earned all 7 badges you can take the Final Quiz to earn your Ocean Champion Badge!
Welcome to the Elementary Level Ocean Literacy Course on the Ocean Wise Online Learning Environment. On this platform, we have created an international course based on the seven Ocean Literacy Principles designed to help develop an understanding of how humans impact the ocean and how the ocean influences us. This course is geared towards grades 3 to 6, or ages 7 to 11. You may use these resources as you wish, choose to do the full course or just a few of the sections. There is a How-to Manual for navigating this site, as well as an introductory video.
Under the heading Classroom Tools, you will find additional support resources at your disposal, such as lesson plans, activities, and worksheet under Teacher Resources.
Any questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page
As a teacher, community leader, or home educator, you may join the platform first. This will allow you to view your students’ work and create accounts for the elementary level students. Visit this link, and register using the code Teacher.
Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click the “Add Students” button. Here you can create as many accounts as you like for your students. We suggest not using their last names to protect their privacy. You may wish to include your school initials as part of their usernames, as many common names may already be taken.
If you click the Register button in the top right-hand corner of the screen and create an account, this will automatically register you at the student level. If you are a teacher or educator and need to be promoted to the proper access level, please contact us with your username.
There is also a tutorial video on How To Register, to guide you through the process
If you have any questions or feedback for the Ocean Literacy Course, please contact [email protected]
For the Secondary School Level (Grade 10-12, age 15-18): https://education.ocean.org/oceanlitsec
For the Middle School Level (Grade 7-9, age 12-14): https://education.ocean.org/oceanlitmid
Join the Weddell Sea Expedition! This pioneering Antarctic expedition has been underway since the beginning of January and sending us updates all the way from the Weddell Sea in Antarctica. Visit the Weddell Sea Expedition’s Journey Page to explore what we have learned so far and see video conferences with members of the expedition team and crew. If this sparks your interest, find out more at explore.reachtheworld.org and email [email protected] to sign up to virtually join over 200 classrooms across the world who are participating in this exciting expedition!
Please be aware.
The NOAA video links on the Ocean Literacy Course are all down because of the Government Shut down.
Links should be activated when business is resumed again.
Break your plastic problem - help protect the ocean.
Microplastic is the greatest pollutant in the ocean today. It comes from our packaging, waste, clothing and is even specifically created to be tiny. These tiny plastics are a big problem.
Plastic is filling our oceans at the rate of one dump truck full every minute.
Tiny zooplankton that support the ocean food chain are mistaking plastic for food. Seabirds are found with plastic pieces in their bellies.
We need a sea change. Today.
Ocean Wise is tackling the global crisis of plastic waste in our ocean. We’re carrying out groundbreaking science to understand the problem and seeking bold solutions to address plastic pollution.
What happens next depends on you. Your individual actions and choices have a direct impact on the health of our oceans. Together, our individual actions can have a big collective impact. But we have to make that change happen. Join us in a global movement to #BePlasticWiseand sign our pledge
There are simple, easy choices that you have the power to make every single day, that will have a positive impact on the ocean
As we all start to make these better choices with the ocean's health in mind, we start to inspire others to do the same. These individual actions can make for powerful collective change
The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup. With 11 legs, sailing across the world, teams will battle the ocean, weather and tides to prove themselves the best in the world. This is also the perfect opportunity for students around the world to connect with the powerful message that VOR is sending - we are all responsible for the ocean.
VOR has developed a number of Educational Resources for teachers to utilize in coordination with the race. With sustainability at its heart, the Education team at VOR has created an interactive and wide variety of activities and lesson plans to connect students with sailing, sustainability and ocean plastics. Resources are available for ages 8 to 12, with worksheets, booklets, power point presentations and more. available for you to interact with your students.
This is is particularly special, as the United Nations has sent a team into the race. Turn the Tide on Ocean Plastics is sailing the message about marine plastics across the globe.
Follow the live race feed on the VOR Dashboard
Happy Halloween Everyone!
Are you getting your costume ready for the spooky nights ahead? Keep the ocean in mind when you do!
Try this easy plastic-free glitter recipe:
Looking for some costume ideas? Think about dressing up as one of these creeeeepy critters:
The 7 Key Principles which inspired this course come from the Ocean Literacy Framework. The framework, created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), was developed by many scientists and educators from the ocean sciences education community. Their efforts built on previous work to define ocean literacy, assess what the public knows about the ocean, and redress the lack of ocean-related content in state and national science education standards, instructional materials, and assessments. Explore the Foundations section to learn about how the ocean sciences education community came together to create these documents and ignite a movement within ocean sciences and beyond.
If you would like more resources, or to continue your ocean education, you can visit the other courses that Ocean Wise has to offer.
For more video resources, you can visit our Aquatic Café. Aquatic Cafe is based around community outreach, providing educational opportunities for those looking to further their knowledge of all things ocean related. There are talks and movie viewings in the community, question and answer panels with experts in the field, and updates on current research. View videos in the Aquatic Café library to hear directly from experts about the challenges that the ocean is facing, presentations on different ocean dwelling species as well as interesting career opportunity information.
Our Arctic Marine Life course will be available soon. This course will discuss how animals in the Arctic have adapted to living in such an extreme environment, and how they are connected to one another through the complex Arctic food web. It will discuss exciting species such as Beluga Whales and Greenland Sharks as well as covering current Arctic research topics. This course aims to be a fun, interactive way to expand your knowledge and learn about the incredible Arctic at the top of the world.
Coming soon is our BC Marine Life course which will highlight the incredible creatures found in the waters of British Columbia, Canada and conservation issues surrounding their survival. Students will learn about everything from sea otters to sea anemones.