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The Best Hope for Northern Right Whales

This lesson asks students to research current and proposed methods of assisting the recovery of northern right whale populations. Students will conduct Internet research to investigate the best strategies to help save right...

The Pros and Cons of Artificial Reefs

Students make hypothetical lists of the pros and cons of artificial reefs and then revise them after reading an article and researching the topic.

Are Great White Sharks As Dangerous As We Think They Are?

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...

Sharks: Setting the Record Straight

Students read, discuss, and compare news reports of shark attacks with data and then design a television special to educate the public about sharks.

Kingman’s Reef, Line Islands

This photo of Kingman’s Reef in the Line Islands shows what a healthy coral reef should look like. The water is crystal clear. A variety of richly colored corals carpet the seabed. And a native predator, a red snapper,...

Polar Regions: Arctic Adaptations and Global Impacts

This lesson uses the habitat of the Beaufort Sea and other Arctic communities as examples of Ocean Literacy Principles #5 and #6. Students will learn about the adaptive capabilities of animals and people living in these...

Global Warming Quiz

Global climate change is a complex issue. Think you're in the know about the ins and outs of this critical environmental issue? Test your knowledge in this quiz from National Geographic. More about climate change can be...

Diver and mucus blob

Warmer water is causing an outbreak of giant mucus blobs in the Mediterranean. These blobs are more than just unpleasant, they can harbor bacteria and viruses. Learn more about climate change.

Five Questions for Robert Ballard

Oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard used Remotely Operated Vehicles like the one pictured above to discover many of the world’s most famous shipwrecks, including the Titanic, the Bismarck, and John F. Kennedy Jr.’s PT 109 as...