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Plankton Net Construction and Deployment

**Please make sure that no pieces get lost while testing the sampling capabilities of your homemade plankton nets** Grade: 6-10 Lesson Time: 2 hours, multiple days Materials Required (not limited to below, anything to make a homemade net): Fabric to make the net (panty hose, old bed linens, etc) Duct tape or thread String Cups […]

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Pressing Seaweed

Grade: 1-12 Lesson Time: 1 hour Materials Required: Seaweed in saltwater A 5 x 8 inch index card or heavy paper (that can withstand being submerged in water, like watercolor paper) per seaweed sample A piece of 6 x 9 inch cotton fabric (from old sheets, pillow cases, etc) per seaweed sample Two pieces of […]

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Kelp in the Cupboard

Grade: 4-8 Lesson Time: A few minutes to discuss the activity (activity is homework); next day, 30-60 minutes discussing what items students found kelp in Materials Required: Student sheet (included below in Activity download) Summary: Students will use this activity sheet to find as many examples of the use of kelp in products in their […]

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Overfishing/Sustainable Fishing

Grade: 3-9 Lesson Time: 30-60 minutes Materials Required: Two or three bags of popped, plain popcorn (depending on class size) Small paper cups (1 per student) Large paper plates (1 per group) Spoons (1 per group) Straws (1 per student) Watch (for timing) Fishing Log (students can make these as part of the class, or […]

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Plate Tectonics with Milky Way Candy Bars

**This lesson contains food, check for allergies before doing this in the classroom** Grade: 5-8 Lesson Time: 30 minutes Materials Required: 1 Milky Way candy bar (or another similar type of candy bar) per student 1 paper plate per person Paper towels for any clean up Summary: Students learn about tectonic plates with a Milky […]

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Collision Course

Grade: 5-12 Lesson Time: 1-2 hours Summary: Boat/whale collisions can cause loss of cargo as well as injury and/or death of the whale. Students will work in small groups to analyze maps of whale activity in reference to shipping lanes and will develop ideas for new traffic patterns. Activity download: CollisionCourseActivity

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Tsunami! How can we warn those in danger?

Grade: 5-12 Lesson Time: 1 hour Summary:  This activity looks at the problems created when an earthquake, volcano, or other catastrophic event occurs near the coast, or under the ocean causing the release of tremendous amounts of energy into the water environment. It traces the transfer of energy to the water and movement of that […]

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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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