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]
To help parents manage the new reality of weeks at home with the kids, Ocean Wise Conservation Association has launched a free online ocean literacy resource called Online Oceans, bringing ocean-inspired crafts, activities, DIY videos, livestreamed learning, and more, to families around the world.
Created by Ocean Wise educators, together with animal experts from the Vancouver Aquarium, these captivating resources are designed for kids and youth of all ages to learn the how and why of caring for the ocean, and all the animals in it.
With activities and offerings broken down by age group, a highlight of Online Oceans is the livestreamed learning sessions on topics including: Ocean Plastics, Sharks! and Arctic Adaptations. Livestreams take place multiple times each week and are free to join from the comfort of your own laptop.
Looking for something even more personal and engaging for your family? Why not sign up for a Virtual AquaClass? These personalized sessions allow your kids to meet online with an Ocean Wise educator to dive deeper into learning topics like “Careers in Conservation” or “Reptiles and Amphibians”. Normally reserved for schools – this program is being opened to individual families during school closures. Virtual AquaClasses cost $45 for a 45-minute session, and multiple families can split the cost to take part in a single session, each from their own home computer.
Teachers are also welcome to make use of Online Oceans, too, and will find that many of the resources are curriculum based and perfect to incorporate into their distance education offerings.
Highlights from Online Oceans:
*Content is updated regularly, so check back often.
- · Feed your little piranhas at the Recipe Corner
- · Plastic free glitter and tinted lip balm DIY video tutorials
- · Livestreamed programs on topics like Ocean Plastics and Sharks
- · Links to Vancouver Aquarium live animal web cams
- · Feed the Shark Craft and Animal Colouring Pages
- · Virtual AquaClasses for teens and older kids, privately, or in small groups
- · Curriculum-based Complete Education Kits
Follow @OceanWiseEdu on Twitter for more updates!