Ocean Lesson Plans

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Students will learn about adaptations that have helped sharks and rays survive. Students will explore similarities and differences between sharks, rays and other fish and that different types of...

Students will learn about the natural and human threats to coral reefs including destructive fishing practices.

Students describe alternative theories for arrival of first humans to come to America. Students explain evidence for these theories and explain how exploration of a submerged segment of Gulf Of...

More Lesson Plans

Find lessons/activities by topic, title or grade levels. Sort by newest or alphabetically. Lessons were developed by ocean science and education organizations like NOAA, COSEE, and NMEA to help you bring the ocean to your classroom.

/ COSEE – Central Gulf of Mexico
To synthesize a lesson on coral reefs, students write first person narratives as though they were reef organisms including their daily lives and the threats facing themselves and their communities.
Grades: 6-8
/ NOAA Ocean Service
Through a case study and related activities, students learn where coral reefs are found and what conditions are necessary for their survival.
Grades: 6-8
/ NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Students will learn about the natural and human threats to coral reefs including destructive fishing practices.
Grades: 3-5, 6-8
/ NOAA Ocean Service
Students learn what types of data scientists collect to monitor coral reefs, and how these data are used.
Grades: 9-12
/ NOAA Ocean Service
Students learn why coral reefs are important, and what can be done to protect them from major threats.
Grades: 9-12
/ NOAA Ocean Service
Students learn what physiological, ecological, and behavioral strategies contribute to the success of reef-building corals.
Grades: 9-12
/ NOAA Ocean Service
Students learn why coral reefs are important, and what possible explanations are for the phenomenon known as coral bleaching.
Grades: 9-12
/ National Geographic Xpeditions
Students make hypothetical lists of the pros and cons of artificial reefs and then revise them after reading an article and researching the topic.
Grades: 9-12
/ National Geographic Xpeditions
Students discuss their existing thoughts on sharks and analyze a map of reported shark attacks. After viewing and discussing both a painting of a shark attack and an image of a researcher swimming with a bull shark, students do research to determine the real dangers posed by and to sharks.
Grades: 3-5
/ National Geographic Xpeditions
Students read, discuss, and compare news reports of shark attacks with data and then design a television special to educate the public about sharks.
Grades: 9-12