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sharkIsland Explorers
"The lesson plan page provides engaging activities for elementary and middle school students in topics such as physical oceanography, ocean organisms and their interactions, and human impact on the ocean.  Thorough background information provided for teachers in each lesson plan, along with recommendations for making the activities work with ideal materials as well as substitutions if those items aren't available.  Extension activities are provided for most lessons, too.  Great site!  "
–Julie, Bridge Teacher Reviewer

Salt marsh (Natinoal Estuarine Research Reserve System)Discovery of Sound in the Sea
The physics and biology of underwater sound is the special obsession of the terrific DOSITS website.  This in-depth site defines sound and describes its measurement, behavior in water, and importance to marine life and humans. It has interactive lesson plans using real audio data and a fun gallery of sound bites from fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals.  The role of sound in oceanographic research is stressed, and now there's a special page on Flight 370.


State of the Arctic
Our Deepwater Backyard: Exploring Atlantic Canyons and Seamounts 2014
Sept. 4 - Oct. 7, 2014, NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration & Research (OER) launches legs 2 & 3 of this expedition to explore the largely unknown deep-sea systems of the U.S. Atlantic coast.

Along with a mission overview, content essays, daily mission logs, and
exceptional video and imagery, this expedition posting includes an Ocean
Explorer Expedition Education Module that provides links to
standards-based lessons, an introductory video, career connections, and
much more!

Photo courtesy of NOAA OER


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