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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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What Are Ocean Waves?
Where Is Life Found in the Ocean?
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
Life in the Sea
Animal Research and Writing
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
Under-the-Sea Find the Difference
More Popular Oceans Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Oceans & Art Connected

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

Earth Day Activities

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

Oceans Activities for History Class

Timor Gap Treaty
Underwater Archaeology

Social Studies & Oceans Connected

Earth's Oceans
What Are Ocean Currents?
Reading Warm-Up 17 for Gr. 1 & 2: Geography
An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle
What Are Some Ocean Landforms?
Name That Shark
More Oceans Resources for Social Studies Class

Digital Books

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

Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Out of the Ocean Activity Kit
Ocean Zones Word Power
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
In the Deep Sea
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Science and Language Arts: Crossword Pictures
STEM Activities for Stink and the Shark Sleepover
More Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Activities on Oceans

Making Salinity Currents
Making Drops of Rain
Spring Tides
Water on Planet Earth
Investigate Activity: Investigating Currents and Waves
More Science Activities on Oceans

Aquatic Animal Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Wetlands Life Worksheet
Sea Mammals, Part 1
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
What Are Sponges?
Why Should Coral Reefs Be Protected?
More Popular Aquatic Animal Resources

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Ocean Safety Resources

Plate Tectonics Test
Flooding Safety
Hurricane Basics
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
More Ocean Safety Resources

Ecology Activities for Oceanography

What's Wrong with This Picture?
Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Giant Squid Attack!
Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist
Caring for Our Coasts
Plankton in the Sea
Sea Life: Pelagic Zone
More Ecology Activities for Oceanography


Do your students love videos? We have a growing collection of videos (including related activities) for holidays and events, including: women's history, Memorial Day, Independence Day, slavery & the Civil War, U.S. Presidents, handwashing awareness, the Common Core, American History, and the environment. Enjoy!

May Calendar of Events
May is full events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Backyard Games Week (5/18-25), Buy a Musical Instrument Day (5/22), and Memorial Day (5/25). Plus, celebrate Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month, Inventors Month, Physical Fitness & Sports Month, and Water Safety Month!

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, 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.

Now available: Galactic Hot Dogs in print! Buy it at bookstores now.

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.

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