Ocean Literacy Principle #7

Ocean Literacy Principle #7:"The ocean is largely unexplored."

These activities teach concepts related to this Ocean Literacy Principle

A Hurricane’s Storm Surge Affects Our Estuaries
Students construct a coastal landmass from sand and add features such as tidal creeks and barrier islands. They then add varying amounts of water to see the effects of storm surge on coastal land masses.
Subject: Ocean Geology, Human Impact Grade: 5 - adult Duration: 20 - 60 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #3, #6, #7
Exploring the Ocean with Robots
Investigate buoyancy and how ocean gliders work with this activity. Using “gliders” that they make from plastic syringes, plus Cartesian bottles and plastic bubbles, students explore characteristics of buoyancy by adjusting amounts of air and salt water.
Subject: Ocean Physics Grade: 6 - 12 Duration: 45 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #7
Getting the Big Picture: Reading the Ocean Stories Satellites Tell
Students learn how satellite images can be used to learn about ocean conditions and phytoplankton and learn to generate questions about ocean conditions, processes, and life.
Subject: Ocean Physics, Ocean Biology, Ocean Chemistry, Inquiry Grade: 6 - 12 Duration: 1 to 3 x 50 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #3, #5, #7
Improving Oil Spill Response: Plotting the Currents in Prince William Sound
Students find and use data from the Alaska Ocean Observing System (AOOS) to plot the tracks of drifters used by scientists as real-time data to compare with computer predictions during a field experiment to test a circulation model for Prince William Sound, Alaska. They apply their knowledge to predicting the path of an oil spill and search & rescue.
Subject: Ocean Physics, Ocean Chemistry, Human Impact Grade: 6 - 8 Duration: 3 x 45 mins
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #7
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
Litter Matching Game
By matching descriptions to images, students identify marine debris items, leading to discussion about the effects of marine debris and how it can be reduced.
Subject: Ocean Biology, Ocean Chemistry, Human Impact Grade: 5 - adult Duration: 20 - 30 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #1, #6, #7
Outfit a Scientist
In the Testable Question Relay, student teams race to “outfit a scientist” by correctly categorizing questions as testable or untestable and earning scientific tools. This activity assists students in recognizing the components of good hypotheses and addresses associated misconceptions.
Subject: Inquiry Grade: 4 Duration: 45 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #7
Plankton Feeding
This activity provides a hands-on experience with a scale model, a relatively high viscosity (a property of a fluid), the interactions of an organism with its environment, and feeding behaviors.
Subject: Ocean Physics, Ocean Biology Grade: 4 - adult Duration: 30 min
Ocean Literacy Principle: #5, #7