Curriculum Resources

Websites containing curricula, lesson plans, real-time data and other resources for marine science education:

Clickable Link Description
Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education K-12 Resource Center A collection of K-12 resources for marine science education online, including lesson plans and links to resource providers, professional development and grant opportunities. Resources are organized into topic areas and grade levels.


Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education

The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education sponsors and designs interdisciplinary projects that teachers throughout the world can use to enhance their curriculum through compelling use of the Internet.


Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence

Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence is a nationwide network of ocean science research institutions, informal science education organizations, and formal education entities, funded primarily by the National Science Foundation with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The Best of COSEE Hands-On Acitivities can be found by subject, grade level, or Ocean Literacy Principle from the top menu.
NOAA Estuary Education The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) have collaborated to produce a site containing everything you ever wanted to know about estuaries, how they function and the creatures that live there. Lesson plans, animations, tutorials and games. Includes curriculum and links to using real-time data from estuaries around the country.
NOAA Education Resources Page  Links to a variety of lesson plans, videos and activities related to marine topics. Covers everything from tsunamis to coral reefs to fisheries. Be sure to check out the Office of Ocean Exploration & Research under the Education Programs tab for near real-time access to a series of multidisciplinary ocean explorations. It also provides compelling imagery, video and topical essays related to the ocean, along with lesson plans, career information and puzzles.


Oregon Coast Education Program

The Oregon Coast Education Program provides coastal education modules, with resources that help Oregon teachers provide meaningful watershed and coastal experiences for their students. The OCEP modules are housed on the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) website.
StreamWebs This dynamic online platform from Oregon Sea Grant Extension provides students and teachers with open-source, Web-based tools for watershed data management, analysis, and networking.  Classrooms from all over the state post and share their field data here. NEW: Educator Kits available for check-out!
USGS Education Why is ocean water salty? Explore the USGS Education Pages and learn the answer to this and other questions about water, erosion, earthquakes, tsunamis and much more. 


Watershed and Invasive Species Education

Oregon Sea Grant's Watershed and Invasive Species Education program is dedicated to helping teachers learn about emerging watershed issues, which can be used as tools to engage students in science learning and community action.


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