Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence
A Hurricane's Storm Surge Affects our EstuariesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners construct a coastal landmass from sand and add features such as tidal creeks and barrier islands.
Plankton FeedingAdd to list Details
This activity provides a hands-on experience with a scale model, a relatively high viscosity fluid, and feeding behaviors.
Don't Stop for HitchhikersAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners role-play the part of lake inhabitants and the aquatic exotics who displace the native species.
How is Coastal Temperature Influenced by the Great Lakes and the Ocean?Add to list Details
In this two-part lesson, learners discover how large bodies of water can serve as a heat source or sink at different times and how proximity to water moderates climate along the coast.
Plankton RacesAdd to list Details
In this two-part activity, learners investigate buoyancy, density and surface area as well as biodiversity and the relationship between the structure and function of organisms.
Ocean Home: Swimming FishesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners model, on a human-sized board game, how changes in water temperature may affect fish distributions and, ultimately, fisheries.
Melting IceAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore density, convection, stratification, and, by inference, the melting of icebergs. Learners make hypotheses, test their hypotheses, and explain their observations.
Introduction to Ocean ZonesAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners will create a diagram of the ocean zones and determine what organisms live in each zone.
I Am/Who Has: A Litter Matching GameAdd to list Details
In this game, learners match descriptions of marine debris (shoes, batteries, paper towels, etc.) to images of these items.
Causes and Effects of Melting IceAdd to list Details
In this activity, learners explore the concept of density-driven currents (thermohaline circulation) and how these currents are affected by climate change.