Albatrosses-charismatic and threatened seabirds-are ambassadors for a clean ocean. They traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food. Along their journeys, they ingest plastic trash and are hooked in fisheries. These five lessons use inquiry-based science instruction, aligned to standards for grades 6 - 8 with extensions for grades 9 - 12.
Ocean Adventures Videos
Check out Jean-Michel Cousteau's Ocean Adventure as KQED continues to produce short videos appropriate to bring the ocean into your classroom.
Humpback Whale Migration Game
Humpback whales are found in the oceans worldwide. They hold the record for the longest migration among mammals. Play the Migration Game to find out more about humpback whales and how you can help protect them!
Interactive Seafloor Mapping Animation
Children are invited to explore seafloor mapping and learn how NOAA charts millions of nautical miles around the U.S. With a seafloor detective on call, kids embark on an online voyage which, with lead lines and numbered ropes, begins with the first survey mapping the U.S. seafloor in 1834 and advances to today's modern SONAR survey tools.
Thank You Ocean Podcasts
The Thank You Ocean Report focuses on interesting and exciting California ocean topics such as marine mammals, the latest news on ocean health, timely ocean issues and fascinating ocean facts. Stories feature interviews with ocean experts, explorers, scientists, conservationists, government and business leaders. Listeners learn about ocean activities and recreation, surfing, fishing, boating, and the many ways we all can thank the ocean through conservation and stewardship.
Build an Ocean: K through 5th grade activity in which students identify mangrove, seagrass, coral reef plants and animals.
Nautical Charts Online Activity
A multimedia elementary educational program, Nautical Charts, is designed for students at the third through fifth grade level. This activity uses animation to teach chart symbols, safe boating, and why nautical charts are important. Students have access to movies, sounds, pictures, and links to other resources.
Test Your Knowledge: Learn about the deep boulder reefs and whale populations off the coast of Boston in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Virtual Submersible Dive: Take a virtual tour of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary using a single-person submersible, called DeepWorker 2000. Expore the canopy of a kelp forest and watch sea lions dart by in search of food. This virtual dive was developed in partnership with the National Geographic Society.
Sanctuary Quest Expedition: Aboard the NOAA ship McArthur, the Sanctuary Quest Expedition team conducted research, monitoring, exploration and education within and adjacent to the national marine sanctuaries along the west coast.
Albatross Activity: Uses geography, biology, investigation and experimentation, and data analysis skills.