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Climate Outreach, Climate Visuals


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus


Ocean Visuals Gallery

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  • This resource is a gallery of ocean photographs that each include a written synopsis of the photo (Language Warning).
  • Students can explore images, read about their meaning, and see the principles behind the imagery. 
  • The caption for one photo (#3827, A group of people carry a large idol...) uses the word "hell" in the description. 
Teaching Tips


  • Students will enjoy exploring the beautiful and interesting images in this resource.
  • The text summaries of each image will deepen student understanding.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should understand how human activities impact oceans and wildlife.
  • Some of the descriptions have content-specific terms. Review the descriptions for vocabulary that is unfamiliar to students.
  • Some images, especially those showing destroyed homes or dead animals, may upset some students.


  • This resource works well in art classes considering photography as a medium or in science classes learning about different aspects of the ocean.
  • Social studies teachers can make cross-curricular connections by pinpointing the locations of the photographs, discussing cultural or religious practices that may harm the environment, or examining the many ways communities depend on the ocean.
  • Younger students will enjoy using the photographs as inspiration to write a story. They can write as a whole class, in groups, or individually.
  • High school students can use this resource to sort the pictures by problem and then research the issue that most interests them.
Scientist Notes
This photo gallery resource from Climate Visuals provides a striking picture of the world’s ocean coasts under a changing climate. Contributors demonstrate how vulnerable coastal populations face threats and show resilience by adapting to difficult situations. Two photos are particularly striking. The first shows a net underwater off the Yucatan Peninsula full of plastic waste rather than fish, while the second shows the completion of a wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island, paving the path to a greener future. This collection is visually attractive and shows real people working and living along the world’s coasts as the climate is ever-changing. This resource is 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.11-12.2 Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development and how they interact to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.
      • RI.11-12.10 By the end of grade 11, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above with scaffolding as needed. By the end of grade 12, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at grade level text complexity or above.
  • Visual & Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpreting intent and meaning.
      • 1.5.2.Re8a: Categorize and describe works of art, by identifying subject matter, details, mood, and formal characteristics.
      • 1.5.8.Re8a: Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
      • 1.5.12acc.Re8a: Identify types of contextual information useful in the process of constructing interpretations of an artwork or collection of works.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
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