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View Resource Ocean Planet: Pollution Solution

Unit from Smithsonian multidisciplinary ocean curriculum. Focuses on sources of oil pollution and effects on ocean, marine life and humans. Students predict impacts of an oil spill and plan actions needed to protect and restore habitat and wildlife. Lab activities demonstrate properties of oil. Unit includes: background, instructions for the teacher, forms for student activities, discussion...

View Resource Ocean Planet: Stranded Along the Coast

Unit from Smithsonian multidisciplinary ocean curriculum. Lesson plan focuses on how dynamic coastlines, oceanographic conditions and human activities affect marine animals such as cetaceans, pinnipeds and sea turtles. Students study sea turtle migrations, use math skills to plot sea turtle strandings on the Atlantic Coast. Unit includes: background essay; teacher instructions; maps for student...

View Resource Beaked Whale Identification Guide

Can you tell the difference between an Andrew's Beaked whale and a Shepherd's Beaked whale? Worry no more, as this informative and well-executed online Beaked Whale Identification Guide will provide guidance on this matter. Created by the good folks at the National Museum of Natural History's Marine Mammal Program, the site contains detailed identification guides and separate pages for each...

View Resource Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine

The Smithsonian has produced this excellent resource that compares the rocky shore environment of Maine to the coral reef environment of the Caribbean. The materials compare these two unique marine ecosystems. Lesson plans are on the webpages, and maps and activity sheets are available in PDF format.

View Resource Arctic Studies Center

Explore this virtual museum exhibit on Arctic cultures from the Smithsonian Institution. Lessons for every discipline including anthropology, archeology, biology. Downloadable publications include the center's newsletter, field reports, and staff research. Resources include FAQs and a glossary. Educator resources available (complimentary and cost-associated). Current features include a Viking...

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