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.
- Secondary School Level (Grade 10-12, age 15-18): https://education.ocean.org/oceanlitsec
- Middle School Level (Grade 7-9, age 12-14): https://education.ocean.org/oceanlitmid/
- Elementary School Level (Grade 3-6, age 7-11): https://education.ocean.org/oceanlitelem/
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 [email protected]
In honour of Science Literacy Week we are happy to announce the 2019 ocean-themed Actua Projects We Love winner:
The winner lesson plan is Protecting Coral Reefs and Cleaning the Ocean, created by University of Ottawa Engineering Outreach!
During this activity, participants will learn about coral reefs and why plastic pollutants are damaging their ecosystems. Working in small groups or in pairs, the participants will build a game to simulate cleaning the oceans from plastic debris. The goal is to remove the “pollutants” without perturbing the fauna and flora living in the ocean, especially the coral reefs. They will use a Makey Makey and the program Scratch to build and play the game.
This activity is open for all teachers and educators to utilize in the classroom. To view the full activity, click the link below!