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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
More Mini-Lessons


Life in the Sea
Animal Habitat Crossword Puzzle
What's Wrong with This Picture?
In the Deep Sea
Animal Research and Writing
Ocean Food Chain Reading Warm-Up
More Popular Oceans Printables

Lesson Plans

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


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

Oceans & Art Connected

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

Earth Day Activities

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

Oceans Activities for History Class

Timor Gap Treaty
Underwater Archaeology

Social Studies & Oceans Connected

An Ocean Adventure Sub Kit (Grades 3-4)
Science and Social Studies: Jacques Cousteau
Earth's Oceans
The Oceans of the World
Name That Shark
Weather and Oceans Quiz
The Mysterious Bermuda Triangle
More Oceans Resources for Social Studies Class

Digital Books

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

Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science and Language Arts: Crossword Pictures
Marine Animals Alphabet Activity
Animal Research - Plan Ahead
Ocean Zones Word Power
Poke & Look Learning Books
Exploring the Oceans: Family Activity
Discovering Kelp
More Oceans Resources for Reading & Language Arts

Science Activities on Oceans

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

Aquatic Animal Resources

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

Natural Disaster Resources

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

Ocean Safety Resources

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

Ecology Activities for Oceanography

Jacques-Yves Cousteau
Eugenie Clark, Marine Biologist
Activity: Ocean Organisms
What Are Coral Reefs?
Why Should Coral Reefs Be Protected?
Sea Life: Bottom Dwellers
Sea Mammals, Part 2
More Ecology Activities for Oceanography

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