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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
What's Wrong with This Picture?
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
The Ocean Floor
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
More Popular Oceans Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Oceans & Art Connected

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

Earth Day Activities

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

Oceans Activities for History Class

Underwater Archaeology
Timor Gap Treaty

Social Studies & Oceans Connected

Earth's Oceans
An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Plate Tectonics Test
Science and Social Studies: Jacques Cousteau
The Oceans of the World
The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle
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

In the Deep Sea
Ocean Zones Word Power
Poke & Look Learning Books
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Exploring the Oceans: Family Activity
Exploring the Oceans: Vocabulary
Nonfiction Reading Warm-Up: Squid
More Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Activities on Oceans

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

Aquatic Animal Resources

What Belongs in the Ocean?
Wetlands Life Worksheet
What Animal Do I Admire?
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
What Is a Tsunami?
Storm Trackers
Fact Sheet: Tsunamis
How a Tsunami Occurs
More Oceanography Resources on Natural Disasters

Ocean Safety Resources

Dangerous Wave
Hurricane Basics
Flooding Safety
More Ocean Safety Resources

Ecology Activities for Oceanography

Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist
Kingfisher Young Knowledge: Oceans and Seas Teacher's Guide
Caring for Our Coasts
Plankton in the Sea
Sea Life: Pelagic Zone
Sea Life: Bottom Dwellers
More Ecology Activities for Oceanography

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