Whether they live near a beach, or thousands of miles inland, whether they’ve touched a sea star in a tide pool, or watched a movie about an injured dolphin, young learners are fascinated by ocean animals. As they get older, their ocean awareness expands to include concern about huge disasters like hurricanes and tsunamis, and massive climate-triggered changes like melting polar ice.
Connect your learners to the ocean with howtosmile.org activities aligned to each of the seven Ocean Literacy principles below. Read "Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences" here. This framework introduces ocean sciences consistently into K-12 classrooms. Partners in framing the principles included the National Geographic Society, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Learn more about the principles and where they come from in this College of Exploration video.