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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 Research and Writing
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
The Ocean Floor
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Earth's Oceans
More Popular Oceans Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Oceans & Art Connected

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

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)
The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle
What Are Ocean Currents?
Weather and Oceans Quiz
Plate Tectonics Test
Science and Social Studies: Jacques Cousteau
The Oceans of the World
More Oceans Resources for Social Studies Class

Digital Books

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

Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
In the Deep Sea
Science Reading Warm-Up: Oceans
Seashell Connect the Dots
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Poke & Look Learning Books
Science and Language Arts: Crossword Pictures
More Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Activities on Oceans

Spring Tides
Making Salinity Currents
Making Drops of Rain
Investigate Activity: Investigating Currents and Waves
Water on Planet Earth
Out of the Ocean Activity Kit
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
More Science Activities on Oceans

Aquatic Animal Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Science, Technology and Society: Fish Story
Name That Shark
Giant Squid Attack!
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
What Are Mollusks?
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Ocean Safety Resources

Dangerous Wave
How a Tsunami Occurs
Hurricane Basics
More Ocean Safety Resources

Ecology Activities for Oceanography

Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist
Why Should Coral Reefs Be Protected?
Activity: Ocean Organisms
Caring for Our Coasts
Sea Life: Bottom Dwellers
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
More Ecology Activities for Oceanography

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