#CelebrateWithDE – Oceans Month

The last frontier on Earth: oceans. In a message to Congress in 1961, President Kennedy said, “Knowledge of the oceans is more than a matter of curiosity. Our very survival may hinge upon it.” June is Oceans Month, so we’re celebrating the natural curiosity we all seem to have about oceans and their importance to the health of our planet. If we encourage students to follow their curiosity, there’s no telling what discoveries they may make that will affect our survival.


Featured Resources

Expedition Earth Day:
Take a Deep Dive Under the Sea

(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Begin your oceans exploration with Expedition Earth Day: Take a Deep Dive Under the Sea, an on-demand virtual experience. The full video is appropriate for grades K-12 and is accompanied by classroom activities for all ages.
 
Planet Earth: Deep Ocean
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Another great resource for general interest in the ocean is Planet Earth: Deep Ocean, a full video episode for grades 3-12 that explores the depths of the oceans and discovers some of the planet’s most spectacular species. Footage from around the glove reveals an environment that covers two-thirds of the Earth’s surface yet remains largely unknown.
 
Sharks Content Collection
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Content Collection

And, of course, we have a Sharks Content Collection: Sense something nearby? Maybe it’s a shark – any one of more than 300 species of keen-sensed, cartilage-skeleton-bearing, and immensely successful (evolutionarily speaking) fish! Like all Discovery Education Content Collections, this one has resources and activities for all grades, including Lesson Starters.


Sound Effects

Set the mood for learning about the ocean with a selection of sound effects. Play them at the beginning of a lesson, during creative writing time, or as part of a specific instructional strategy.
 
Water: Ocean: Waves Crashing on Rocks Heavy Spray Surf Seashore Ambience
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Sound Effect

 
Water: Ocean: Waves Coming in Light Seagulls Water Ambience
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Sound Effect


Our Favorites

For students with particular interests, Discovery Education has thousands of resources under the search term “ocean.” We’ve selected a few of our favorites below, but we encourage you to allow your students to search for and share their own favorites.
 
Moon Jellyfish
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Image

Moon jellyfish typically appear in large numbers along North American coasts.
 
Breaking Trail: Tuna Crabs
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Full Video

Joins animal enthusiast Coyote Peterson at the tidal pools on the California shore as he encounters pelagic red crabs, also known as tuna crabs.
 
Simple Animals: Exploring Sponges and Cnidarians
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Video Segment

Explores two of the basic types of invertebrate. Sponges are very simple invertebrates with numerous pores in their soft bodies. Cnidarians are a more advanced group, including sea anemones, jellyfish, and coral.
 
Dark Zone
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Science Techbook
Grades 3-5, Video Segment

Discover the mysteries of the dark zone.


SOS Strategy

Spotlight on Strategies: 25 Things You Didn’t Know
(Canadian Version)
All Services
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Instructional Strategy

This teaching strategy allows students to explore resources and filter out important details. Students identify new information from media resources and share the information in order to create a collaborative list of facts. (Make the analogy that gathering and identifying important information is like marine animals filtering plankton from sea water.) Obviously, Oceans is a very broad topic, and tuna crab is quite narrow; consider making lists of 25 things about very broad or very narrow topics to adjust focus and challenge.

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