For Educators

The Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life explores the diverse, complex web of life supported by the ocean and the vital interrelationships between human and aquatic systems. This comprehensive guide will help you explore the exhibition with your students.

Educators Guide and Materials



More Resources For Educators

Use these free online resources before or after your visit to further explore themes presented in the Hall of Ocean Life Exhibition.


Life in Water: Vertebrates - Breathing

Video, Article

Life in Water: Vertebrates - Breathing

Fish are among the few vertebrates that can breathe underwater. Like humans, fish need oxygen to survive—but water contains far less oxygen than an equal volume of air.

Water vs. Land

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Water vs. Land

Brainstorm with your students a list of things that are possible in water that are not possible on land, and vice versa.

Be an Ocean Biodiversity Detective!

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Be an Ocean Biodiversity Detective!

In this activity students will collect and closely observe specimens that have washed ashore to recognize different kinds of small ocean organisms.

That's Heavy!

Hands-on Activity

That's Heavy!

This "heavy" experiment allows students to discover that salt water sinks in fresh water.

Just Add Water!

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Just Add Water!

Give your class a tour of the diverse landscape of your own undersea realm!

Evolution

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Evolution

Natural selection plays a large role in the evolution of a species. The following activity demonstrates this concept.

Cartesian Diver

Hands-on Activity, Classroom Activity

Cartesian Diver

In this hands-on experiment, students create a neutrally buoyant "diver" and then observe the effects of increased water pressure.

Ocean Life

Curriculum Collection

Ocean Life

This set of resources explores what lives in the ocean, and how.

Properties of Water

Curriculum Collection

Properties of Water

This set of resources investigates the characteristics of water and how marine life forms adapt to them.

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