How Well do You Know the Ocean?

Welcome to the Educator Resource LIbrary - your guide to incorporating Ocean Literacy into your classroom. Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean's influence on you, and your influence on the ocean, but that is a very broad definition. The ocean is a wondrous and complex place. The better we understand the ocean, the more we see how closely intertwined human lives are with this vital resource. We can teach a variety of subjects through the lens of ocean literacy, develop students' inquiry skills and creativity. 

Ocean Literacy is broken up into 7 Key Principles. Each principle is a vital component of information and understanding that we need to be ocean literate. These principles are what make up ocean literacy, and content best suited to students within the range of K to 12 have been identified.

In this library, you will find detailed content information, activities, lesson plans, additional resources and supportive media to help you incorporate ocean literacy into your classroom. We have broken up the content into three main categories: Elementary (Grade 3-6), Middle School (Grade 7-9) and High School (Grade 10-12). 

To Start: Click on the principle you would like to explore from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. This will take you to the content information page, which will provide you will all the background knowledge for each of the levels, for that associated principle. Underneath you will see the various assignments which are associated with that principle. You will also find additional lesson plans and activities under the Resources Tab on the left-hand menu.

Your students can also take the Ocean Literacy Courses themselves, online. This is a great way to add a blended learning element into your class, or to flip the classrooms can earn virtual badges by completing the various quizzes and assignments, or simply read through the material and explore the interactive resources we have available. 


There is a How to Manual for navigating the course, as well as a Tutorial Video, for additional information

Teacher Registration: 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 students. Register, click on the REGISTER button on the top right hand corner of the screen, and use the code Teacher to create your account. 

Once you have registered, visit the Participants section and click “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.

Student Registration: Students in the Middle School and Secondary level course may create their own accounts and profiles on the Ocean Literacy learning platform. We suggest having a general discussion with students about online privacy first and ensuring they do not use their last names in their profiles to protect their privacy.

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.

For a walk-through guide, watch the How To Register Tutorial Video

Any questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

If you have any questions or feedback for the Ocean Literacy Course, please contact

Latest Announcement

Virtual Aquaclass

Posted by Rachael B-I on July 15th, 2019

Bring the ocean to your students without ever leaving the classroom! 

Ocean Wise Education is currently offering the Virtual Aquaclass program for FREE. Connect with one of our expert educators through video conferencing technology. Through this multimedia presentation, students can learn about a wide variety of topics, and ask an expert their burning questions about ocean life. Popular topics include Sharks, Reptiles & Amphibians, West Coast Invertebrates, Squid Dissections and more. The Virtual Aquaclass program is customizable, and our coordinators will work with the teacher to come up with a topic that best suits the group. 

To book a virtual Aquaclass, please email with the following information (at least two weeks in advance)

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*** programs are available in French - scheduling dependant ***

To learn more about the Virtual Aquaclass program, please visit

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