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!
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 [email protected] with the following information (at least two weeks in advance)
- School Name:
- Primary Contact:
- Age Range/Grade:
- Expected Number of Participants:
- Requested Dates and Time (Field trips are available for 30-minute blocks Monday to Friday between 7:30 and 9:30am or Tuesday to Thursday 2:00 and 3:30 pm. All times in PST. Please list dates in order of preference. Some restrictions may apply):
- Date 1:
- Date 2:
- Date 3:
- Suggested Topic(s):
*** programs are available in French - scheduling dependant ***
To learn more about the Virtual Aquaclass program, please visit VanAqua.org
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]
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 Cafe. 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 happening right now. View the various videos to hear directly from experts about the challenges that the ocean is facing, as well as interesting career information or species highlights.
Coming soon we will have our Arctic Marine Life course available for the public. This course will discuss how animals in the arctic have adapted to living in such an extreme environment, and how they are connected through the food web. It will also discuss current research happening in the Arctic, as well as some very exciting species such as Beluga Whales and Greenland Sharks. This course is a fun, interactive way to expand your knowledge and learn about the incredible Arctic at the top of the world.
Also on its way is the BC Marine Life course, and online course to highlight the incredible creatures found in the waters of British Columbia, Canada, and the conservation surrounding their survival. Students will learn about everything from sea otters to sea anemones.
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.
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 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
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
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 #BePlasticWise and sign our pledge