How Well do You Know the Ocean?

Dear Students,

Welcome to the Ocean Literacy Course! By going through the 7 key principles of this course you will develop an understanding of how everyone is connected to the ocean, and how the ocean impacts our lives as much as we impact the ocean.

In the Ocean Literacy course you will have the chance to earn badges by completing each section of the course. There are also bonus badges to be won by completing the assignments. Click on the badge you would like to earn to get started:

Dear Teachers,

Welcome to the Middle School level Ocean Literacy Course on the Ocean Wise Online Learning Environment. On this platform we have created an international course based on 7 key principles designed to develop an understanding of how humans impact the ocean and how the ocean influences humans for middle level students. This course is geared towards grades 7 to 9, or ages 11 to 14.

You may use this 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 the site, as well as a video.

Under the heading Classroom Tools you will find additional support resources at your disposal, such as lesson plans, activities and worksheets under Teacher Resources.

Any questions? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.


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 students. Visit this link, and register using the code Teacher.

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. To register, use the following link and the code Student

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 on how to register, what the How to Register Tutorial Video

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):

For the Elementary School Level (Grade 3-6, age 7-11):

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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 supports the ocean food chain is 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.

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