Ocean Literacy Principle #2

Ocean Literacy Principle #2:"The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth."

These activities teach concepts related to this Ocean Literacy Principle

Beach Buckets
Visitors explore a bucket of sand and beach drift and debris, sort the items using observable characteristics and use a model to show how sand could be composed of items found on a beach. They also infer how the beach drift might have traveled to the beach.
Subject: Ocean Physics, Ocean Geology Grade: K to adult Duration: 30 - 45 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #2
Causes and Effects of Melting Ice
This activity introduces the concept of density-driven currents (thermohaline circulation) and how they are affected by climate change. Participants use colored ice cubes, water, and salt to explore density as it relates to salinity, leading to an understanding of the impact of glacial melt on sea level rise.
Subject: Ocean Physics Grade: 5 to adult Duration: 30 - 120 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #2, #6
Introduction to Ocean Zones
Students will learn to identify and describe different zones of the ocean and the organisms that live in each zone.
Subject: Ocean Physics, Ocean Biology Grade: K - 12 Duration: 55 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #2, #4, #5, #7
Sand Activity
Learners observe a variety of sand samples with the naked eye and up close (with hand lenses and microscopes). They investigate what their sand is composed of and make inferences about the processes and forces that made it.
Subject: Ocean Geology Grade: K to adult Duration: 30 - 45 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #2
The Carbon Cycle Game
A kinetic game in which students take a trip through some of the reservoirs of the carbon cycle. Students visit stations representing stops along the carbon cycle, collecting beads along the way. They then diagram and compare their journeys, learning about biogeochemical processes, photosynthesis and respiration.
Subject: Ocean Chemistry Grade: 8 - 12 Duration: 20 - 45 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #2, #3