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Whale Hat

Grade: 3-12 Lesson Time: 30 minutes Materials Required: Instructions (in activity download) Large square sheets of paper Summary: Have fun learning about whales and origami while making this hat Activity download: Whale_Hat

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Ocean Currents in a Cup

Grade: 5-9 Lesson Time: 1 hour Materials Required: Clear plastic cups or beakers, at least 250 mL (or 8 oz) Pipettes Salt Food coloring Room temperature freshwater Room temperature water with about 200 grams (about half a cup) of salt per liter (about a quart) dissolved in it Ice cubes made from freshwater, as similar as possible […]

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El Nino – Silent Weather Maker

Grade: 6-8 Lesson Time: 1-1.5 hours Summary: This lesson focuses upon the scientific phenomenon of El Niño. Activities will enable the learner to understand that El Nino is a climate event occurring every three to seven years, starting in the tropical Pacific Ocean and effects the atmospheric and oceanic changes causing drought and destruction far […]

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A Matter of Density

Grade: 7-8 Lesson Time: 45 minutes Materials Required: “CTD Data Collected on Alvin Dive No. 3904” handout (in Activity download) Summary: Students will learn the relationship between temperature, salinity, pressure, and density of sea water and why it is important to life in the ocean. Massachusetts Science Education Standards: Physical Sciences Grades 6-8: Properties of […]

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Blubber Glove

Grade: 3-5 (can be modified for grades 6-8) Lesson Time: 1 hour Materials Required: 4 sturdy quart size zip-lock bags 1 can vegetable shortening (Crisco) Duct tape 1 bucket of ice water Towels Stopwatch or watch with a second hand Summary: Whales spend much of their lives in freezing cold Arctic and Antarctic waters. How […]

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Whale Crossword Puzzle

Grade: 6-12 Lesson Time: 30-60 minutes Materials Required: Pencil Copy of crossword puzzle External information source (books on whales, internet) Summary: A fun way to brush up on whale knowledge Activity download: Whale_Puzzle

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Ocean Acidification

Grade: 6-8 Lesson Time: 1-1.5 hours, over two days Materials Required: Activity 1: Large jar Egg Vinegar (acetic acid) Activity 2: Water Beaker (or clear plastic cup) Drinking straw Aquarium pH test kit solution Crushed coral or seashells Summary: When carbon dioxide is dissolved in water, carbonic acid forms and the pH drops. Increases in […]

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Marine Debris Word Search

Grade: 3-12 Lesson Time: 30-45 minutes Materials Required:  pencil copy of the word search Summary: A fun way to reiterate the importance of disposing of waste properly. Activity download: MarineDebrisWordfind_activity

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Shark Attack Surprise!

Grade Level: 2-8 Lesson Time: 1-2 hours Materials Required:  Colored pencils or fine-point markers Index cards Books or magazines with pictures or illustrations of fish Related Resources:  Sharks of Massachusetts Color and Activity Book Recreational Saltwater Fish of Massachusetts Color and Activity Book Summary: Children will practice their observational skills and reinforce their familiarity with different types […]

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Shark Attack / Fantastic Fish Prints

Shark Attack Grade Level: K-5 Lesson Time: 30-60 minutes Materials Required: Blindfold Jar containing 1/4 cup popcorn Jar containing a few pebbles Related Resources: Sharks of Massachusetts Color and Activity Book Summary: Sharks are the most formidable predators of the oceans. Like humans, sharks make use of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste – and they have an […]

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