Ocean Life Web List
This Web site from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution features women scientists in marine oceanography. Interviews describe their projects and careers.
The PBS Web site for the film The Shape of Life explores the origins of life in the oceans.
The Cousteau Society Web site contains news and alerts about the ocean, as well as activities and games for children.
Environmental Defense's Web site, with ideas for improving and sustaining the environment, including the oceans.
The Web site for Empty Nests, Empty Oceans, an excellent film that examines the full extent of the global fisheries crisis and the forces that continue to push many marine fish stocks toward commercial extinction. The film also documents some of the most promising and innovative work being done to restore fisheries and protect essential fish habitats. Videotapes of the film can be purchased through this site.
Oceana is a non-profit international advocacy organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the world's oceans through policy advocacy, science, law, and public education. Its Web site contains information and news on ocean life and conservation issues.
The Ocean Conservancy combines science-based advocacy, grass-roots activism, litigation, education, and outreach to find lasting solutions to issues affecting our oceans and all marine life. This site lists major ocean issues.
Rediagnosing the Oceans, available at this Web site, is a seven-minute film on how we can use a historical perspective to design new strategies for the sustainable development of the oceans.
The Web site for Reef Check, an organization dedicated to monitoring coral reefs around the globe, and educating people about ways to manage and protect them.
The National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) is dedicated to conserving ocean fish, preventing overfishing, reducing bycatch, and protecting habitat.
Project Seahorse is a team of biologists and social workers committed to conserving and managing seahorses, their relatives, and their habitats while respecting human needs.
Shifting Baselines: The Truth About Ocean Decline offers video, articles, and news about ocean conservation.
Activities and Curriculum
Ology, the American Museum of Natural History's Web site for kids, offers students ages 7-12 interesting stuff to do in marine biology. Recommended for elementary and middle school students
The American Museum of Natural History's Resources for Learning Web site contains a variety of activities and curriculum materials entitled Explore the Deep Sea. Recommended for elementary school students and up
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Web site features women scientists and a section entitled "Dive and Discover: Expeditions to the Seafloor" in which students join expeditions at sea through video, photos, letters, and e-mail interactions with scientists in the field. The Web site includes activities to supplement the work of these scientists, and allows students to explore the work real scientists do. Recommended for middle and high school students
The United States Environmental Protection Agency Web site offers educational resources and activities, especially those related to conservation. The site is conveniently organized for students, teachers, and kids. Recommended for middle and high school students
The comprehensive Web site for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association covers a variety of topics related to the ocean and the atmosphere, such as navigation, tornados, and fisheries. Recommended for middle and high school students
This site contains a complete curriculum on estuaries, produced by the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. Recommended for high school students
The Gulf Stream Voyage is an online multidisciplinary project that utilizes both real-time data and primary source materials to help guide students through the science and history of the Gulf Stream. Students will investigate the driving forces behind this great ocean current, and how it affects the Atlantic Ocean. They'll learn about some of mankind's experiences with this natural phenomenon. The voyage includes activities in marine science, Earth science, chemistry, physics, biology, math, history, and language arts. This project has been developed as a complete tutorial on the Gulf Stream. However, the activities are presented in such a manner that each may be used individually to supplement traditional classroom lessons. Recommended for middle and high school students
Analyze data about water, collected from students around the world, and contribute your own sample data on this Web site. The site includes "Down the Drain: How Much Water Do You Use?" (grades TK-TK), "Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble: The International Boiling Point Project" (grades 6-12), and "The Global Water Sampling Project" (grades 9-12). Each activity has clear curriculum standards, instructions, and guidelines for students. Recommended for middle and high school students
The Web site Oceanlink contains resources for both teachers and students. Highlights include "Ask a marine scientist," in which students send scientists their questions, read the latest ocean news, and learn about careers in marine biology. Recommended for elementary school students and up
An activity on marine food chains from the Oceanlink Web site. Recommended for upper elementary and middle school students
An interactive game that can be used as an extension to the food-chain activity previously listed. In this interactive game, students practice their mapping skills and learn about ocean food chains, currents, and pollution by solving a mystery case about sick killer whales. It includes a teacher's guide. Recommended for elementary and middle school students
The Web site for Secrets of the Ocean Realm, a PBS film series. The site offers photos and descriptions of different organisms in the ocean, organized by environment and function, as well as classroom activities on oceanography. Recommended for elementary school students and up
The Sea Web site has current news about the oceans and conservation issues, and links prominent scientists such as Sylvia Earle with the general public. The site offers an extensive list of links. Recommended for high school students
A Web site of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association, focused on oceans. With topic sections on oceans, coasts, charting, and navigation, it offers current news and data, maps, information on conservation efforts, and descriptions of the technology used to collect the data. Recommended for high school students and teachers
A NASA Web site that features satellite images of the different colors of the ocean, indicating the location of phytoplankton, the primary producers in the ocean. The Web site includes a teacher's resource guide. Recommended for teachers
The Web site for the Ocean Sciences Teacher Resource Center includes recommendations for the best ocean Web sites as well as links to real-time data, resources, and curriculum materials.Recommended for teachers
A Tibetan folktale about the voyages of sea merchants, from the Tibet Digital Library.
Alamat, a Web collection of Philippine folktales, myths and legends, offers folktales about the ocean.
Search for myths and legends about the ocean in the Encyclopedia Mythica, an encyclopedia of mythology, folklore, and legends.
A collection of mermaid folklore from different cultures.
Contains a folktale called "The Turtle and the Fireflies."
A collection of Hawaiian folktales.
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More About This Resource...
This reference list contains 35 Web sites with resources that complement the museum's Hall of Ocean Life exhibit. The sites are broken into four categories:
- General—offers in-depth looks at women marine biologists and the origins of life in the oceans.
- Conservation—includes links to educational and activist organizations such as Project Seahorse, the Cousteau Society, Oceana, Reef Check, and the National Coalition for Marine Conservation.
- Activities and Curriculum—in addition to the AMNH's many offerings, this section includes projects and resources from government, non-profit, and school sites.
- Ocean Folklore—has sites that explore ocean myths and legends from a variety of cultures.