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2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

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  • Worksheet
  • Experiment
  • Video, 4 minutes, 58 seconds, CC
  • Activity - Classroom

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Ocean Odyssey Lessons

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  • This resource includes eight lesson plans for elementary classrooms, where students will learn about ocean animals and their habitats, ocean currents, food webs in the ocean, whale migrations, fishing, and sustainability.
  • A preview of the Ocean Odyssey movie is provided, but seeing the movie is not required for the lessons.
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  • This set of lessons is engaging, colorful, and includes a wide-ranging scope of ocean topics. 
  • Each lesson includes all of the printable materials needed and a facilitation guide that makes implementing the lessons easy.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Other than the printable materials included, the materials needed to complete all of the lessons include tape, plain paper, writing materials, coloring materials, a map of your nearest ocean area, a projector or screen, paper straws, baking dishes or pie pans, water, coarse ground pepper, index cards or sticky notes, ice, hot water, clear containers, food coloring, a compass or compass app, small objects (coins, paperclips), yarn, chart paper, and rulers.


  • Cross-curricular connections can be made in language arts classes working on scientific reading and writing, social studies classes that are studying maps, or health classes that are considering how the oceans impact human health.
  • While this resource was created in conjunction with the movie "Ocean Odyssey", you do not need to view the movie for the lessons to work. Viewing the movie may be a fun extension.
  • These lessons can be completed all together over the course of one or two weeks or they can be completed individually. 
  • For older elementary students, some of the activities can be set up as classroom stations to be completed in a rotation. 
Scientist Notes
This resource includes 8 lessons based on the IMAX film Ocean Odyssey. These lessons were put together by NOAA and are of the highest scientific standard. This resource is highly recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • English Language Arts
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • RI.1.5 Know and use various text features (e.g., headings, tables of contents, glossaries, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text.
      • RI.2.7 Explain how specific illustrations and images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.
      • W.3.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from print and digital sources; take brief notes on sources and sort evidence into provided categories.
  • Science
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 2-ESS2-3. Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
      • 4-ESS2-2. Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features.
      • 5-ESS2-1. Develop a model using an example to describe ways the geosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and/or atmosphere interact.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • 5-LS2-1. Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • 3-LS4-2. Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.
      • 3-LS4-3. Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
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