The first step to solving a problem is learning more about it. NOAA’s Marine Debris Program is here to help you learn more about the problem of marine debris! To support that mission, we have created an easy-to-use platform through which to access all of our educational materials. The NOAA Marine Debris Program has organized resources to support stewards from any audience, including educators looking for lesson plans, students researching projects, families hoping to make a difference, professionals catching up on the latest science and policy, and anyone in between. Simply head to https://marinedebris.noaa.gov/education, and dive into the many resources NOAA’s Marine Debris Program offers to help keep the sea free of debris!
Education resources are distributed across many websites and program offices at NOAA and partner websites. This portal is designed to help educators access these resources from one location. Materials selected for this site are organized by themes, collections, and content types that are aligned with common teaching topics and expressed needs of educators. Linked resources are organized into collections that provide the user with a toolkit of materials and activities suitable for integration into a variety of educational settings. With the exception of Elementary science, collections are not grade specific, but resources are labeled where applicable. Additional NOAA resources that support educator professional development, academic scholarship, career exploration, and education grants are also available. All materials linked from this site are free for use and distribution unless expressly noted.
With NOAA’s Data in the Classroom, students use real-time data to explore important environmental issues (El Niño, sea level rise, coral bleaching, water quality, and ocean acidification), and develop problem-solving skills employed by scientists. Access online and classroom-ready curriculum activities with a scaled approach to learning and easy-to-use data tools. Teaching resources for each issue area include a Teacher’s Guide, Supplemental Power Point, Student Activity Sheets, and Science Standards Correlations.
Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Educators can use this resource to liven up their classroom lesson plans, or to inspire students to learn more about marine ecosystems.
Originally a video series for museums and other institutions, Ocean Today has grown and become very useful for educators. Ocean Today’s series for students and educators, called Ocean Today Every Full Moon, delivers a new collection of short videos about a single topic, every month on the full moon.
This resource helps K-12 educators teach about marine debris and involve their students in research and outreach. Students can conduct marine debris surveys, enter their data into a national database, analyze monitoring results, and become involved in marine debris stewardship within their communities.
“Visualizing Change” is a website [ http://vischange.org/ ] that provides a toolkit full of examples and dynamic visuals and builds on advances in cognitive and social science research, to enable informal educators to use visual narratives on climate change to more effectively reach diverse audiences.