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Oceans – Teacher Resources

Teach your students about ocean life, tsunamis, seashore ecology, and much more with these printables, lessons, and activities for all grade levels. Students will enjoy learning about oceans with fun, hands-on science activities. Educate them about the strength of the ocean during bad weather with our natural disaster and safety resources. You'll find printables for Earth Day, language arts activities, and social studies resources to help you incorporate oceanography across your curriculum.

Whiteboard Compatible Mini-Lessons

Ocean Zones Mini-Lesson
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Life in the Sea
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Animal Research and Writing
What's Wrong with This Picture?
In the Deep Sea
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
More Popular Oceans Printables

Lesson Plans

How Big Is a Blue Whale?
Wave Bottle
Ocean Currents
Making Sand Art
The Density of Saltwater
Sea Horses: Father Knows Best
More Oceans Lesson Plans


Length of the U.S. Coastline by State
Oceans and Seas
Hurricane Resource: High Winds
Hurricane Resource: Storm Surge
Hurricane History
Oil Spills & Disasters
The Effects of Global Warming on Sea Level
Ten Largest Oil Spills in the U.S.

Oceans & Art Connected

Ralph Masiello's Ocean Drawing Book Coloring Page
Silly Sea Horse Color by Letter
Underwater Adventure Coloring Page
Fingerpaint Ocean Scene
Ocean Resist
Colorful Crab Color by Letter
The Fin Art of Science
Science and Technology: Seeing What the Seal Sees
Sea Creatures Doodle Page
Sailboat Fun Color by Number
Fish Fun Coloring Page

Earth Day Activities

How Many Shrimp?
Convection Connection
Breaking Up Is Easy to Do
More Earth Day Teacher Resources

Oceans Activities for History Class

Underwater Archaeology
Timor Gap Treaty

Social Studies & Oceans Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Name That Shark
Earth's Oceans
Jacques Cousteau, Oceanologist
The Oceans of the World
Crossing the Atlantic by Rowboat
Plate Tectonics Test
More Oceans Resources for Social Studies Class

Digital Books

Eyewitness: Ocean
Eyewitness: Submarine
Eyewitness: Water
Gallery of DK Digital Books for Earth Science

Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Poke & Look Learning Books
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Ocean Zones Word Power
What Animal Do I Admire?
More Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Activities on Oceans

Water on Planet Earth
Making Drops of Rain
Science and Language Arts: Crossword Pictures
Spring Tides
Making Salinity Currents
Investigate Activity: Investigating Currents and Waves
Out of the Ocean Activity Kit
More Science Activities on Oceans

Aquatic Animal Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Why Should Coral Reefs Be Protected?
Science, Technology and Society: Fish Story
Giant Squid Attack!
Science Reading Warm-Up: Oceans
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

Frequently Asked Questions about Tsunamis
Storm Trackers
What Is a Tsunami?
How a Tsunami Occurs
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
More Oceanography Resources on Natural Disasters

Ocean Safety Resources

Hurricane Basics
Dangerous Wave
Flooding Safety
More Ocean Safety Resources

Ecology Activities for Oceanography

Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist
Caring for Our Coasts
Plankton in the Sea
Sea Life: Pelagic Zone
Sea Life: Bottom Dwellers
Sea Mammals, Part 1
More Ecology Activities for Oceanography


Teaching Racism & Discrimination in America
The issues of racism, prejudice, and discrimination have plagued the United States since it was founded, and racially motivated killings still occur with frequency today. Help your students understand the historical contexts of racism—with references on slavery, immigration, and the civil rights movement—to frame your conversation on modern instances of prejudice.

Poptropica Teaching Guides
Poptropica is one of the Internet's most popular sites for kids—and now it's available as an app for the iPad! It's not just a place to play games; each of the islands featured on the site provides a learning opportunity. Check out our teaching guides to four of Poptropica's islands: 24 Carrot Island, Time Tangled Island, Mystery Train Island, and Mythology Island.

Teaching with Comics: Galactic Hot Dogs
Reach reluctant readers and English-language learners with comics! Our original teaching guides to the Galactic Hot Dogs comic series (chapters 1-4 and 5-8), as found on Funbrain.com (and now in print!), will take students on a cosmic adventure while engaging their creative minds. Plus, find even more activities for teaching with comics, featuring many other classic stories.

July Calendar of Events
July is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Canada Day (7/1), Independence Day (7/4/1776), World Population Day (7/11), Bastille Day in France (7/14), National Ice Cream Day (7/19), First Moon Landing (7/20/1969), World War I Began (7/28/1914), Author J.K. Rowling's Birthday (7/31/1965). Plus, celebrate Read an Almanac Month and Recreation and Parks Month all July long!

Interested in using different types of media in your classroom? We have a growing collection of videos, with related activities, for holidays and events, including: Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, American History, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, women's history, Memorial Day, and the environment. Enjoy!

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