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Education materials specific to Coral Reefs

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Education materials specific to Monuments and Sanctuaries
  • Marine National Monument Lesson Plans:
    • Marvelous Music Report Lesson Plans - Check out the new educator's lesson plans (grades 3-7) to explore and learn more about the variety of marine resources and their values and functions in the Marine National Monuments. Plus, see the award-winning and hilarious short film External Link Disclaimer about why these places are worth protecting for future generations. Short film is in English and Samoan (Chamorro, Carolinian and Hawaiian available upon request).
    • New Lesson Plans Using Scientific Data Collected in the Monuments
      New 7-12 grade lesson plans are available for educators that introduce students to the concept of marine protected areas, expanding students' appreciation and understanding of the value of ocean resources. The lessons use scientific data collected in the Marine National Monuments to help students connect the ecosystem benefits provided by these areas to those they receive from their local environment, and are aligned with the national Ocean Literacy Principles.

      Topics include tectonics evolution, island fish, seabirds, guano, ocean currents, marine debris, biodiversity, marine technology, sea turtles, and coral reefs in the Marianas Trench (22.1 MB), Pacific Remote Islands (22.1 MB), Papahanaumokuakea (41.8 MB), and Rose Atoll (38.3 MB) Marine National Monuments (lesson plans provided in a zip file for each location).
    • Ring of Fire and the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Expeditions Lesson Plans - The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Education Program has prepared lesson plans based on discoveries from the Submarine Ring of Fire 2014 Ironman Expedition (1.06 MB) and the 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas (1.24 MB) ranging from 5th to 12th grades.
    • For more information, please contact us by email: pir.education.outreach@noaa.gov or by phone: (808) 725-5000.
    • Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument (PMNM) Resources
      Through PMNM's partnership with Google, internet users can take a virtual tour of Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Tern and East Islands at French Frigate Shoals, Laysan Island, Lisianski Island, and Pearl and Hermes Atoll through Google Street View.
    • If you want to request an educational activity for your school or event, contact: Andy.Collins@noaa.gov (Oahu)
      • Classroom presentations by PMNM scientists
      • Hands-on activities for kids in the classroom and outdoors
      • Student videoconference calls with field station staff and volunteers working in the Monument
      • Ship-to-classroom 'ask a scientist' email forums
      • Outreach booths at events island-wide
    • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary - The sanctuary's education and outreach programs focus on educating the public about Hawaii's humpback whales and other ocean life. A variety of programs are offered that allow the public to learn about the ocean and become involved in its protection.

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Professional Development
  • NOAA Education Resources - The Educator Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available to educators through NOAA. Educators can find information on in-person workshops, online trainings, field experiences, and conferences and events where NOAA staff will be in attendance. (includes many other web links)
  • NOAA's Teacher at Sea Program - Are you an educator interested in gaining first-hand research experience on an ocean research ship? This competitive free program gives teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.
  • Climate Change Professional Development - Online
    NOAA's climate portal offers listings of professional development opportunities for those educators interested in learning more about climate change. Opportunities include courses and workshops, hangouts, webinars, and more.

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NOAA Online Games
  • NOAA Games Arcade - A portal to games and interactive activities focused on ocean and air themes. It highlights the science and the activities of NOAA and other agencies and organizations promoting environmental stewardship. Game topics include ecology, animal migrations, recycling, and more.
  • Habitat IQ Online Game - How much do you know about coastal and marine habitat? Test Your Habitat IQ!

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Online Data Imagery

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NOAA Careers

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NOAA Scholarships, Fellowships and Internship Opportunities
Resources from Other Agencies
  • Reef Pulse Hawaii Curriculum (K-2) - The Hawaii Coral Reef Initiative (HCRI) has been dedicated to expanding the public's understanding of Hawaii's coral reefs since 1998. The Reef Pulse Hawaii curriculum is HCRI's latest educational outreach tool, designed to instill an understanding of Hawaii's natural environment in the next generation.
  • The Teacher's Guide to Navigating Change (4-5) - Hawaii DOE Standards (HCPS III) aligned curriculum which includes five units that are designed to help students explore their relationships to the environment and ways that they can "navigate change" in their own communities.
  • C-MORE (UH) Education and Outreach - Borrow free science kits, host OceanFEST Family Science Nights, apply for small grants, learn about the Microscopes in Middle Schools program and Science Teachers Aboard Research Ships.
  • UH Sea Grant's Center for Marine Science Education - Featuring the new Voice of the Sea web and TV series, and Exploring our Fluid Earth Curriculum for grades 6-12, which is based on the philosophy of Teaching Science as Inquiry.
  • COSEE Island Earth - A collaborative initiative among university, government, research, and community partners to improve connections between scientists and educators, inform ocean science educational practices, and enhance ocean literacy in Hawaii.
  • NSF - The Best of COSEE Hands-On Activities offers ocean scientists simple, engaging, and easily accessible hands-on activities that will make your presentations to K-12 students, the public, or other non-science audiences more effective (search by using navigation menu at top).
  • COSEE Coastal Trends - For Educators: Integrating Cutting-Edge Ocean Science into the Classroom. The goal of Coastal Trends is to increase literacy in ocean science with a focus on understanding dynamic coastal trends through partnerships among scientists, educators, students and the general public. Education modules include dead zones, fish and physics, from land to the sea, marine bacteria, observing the ocean, and sea grass.
  • The COOL Classroom (7-12) - A series of Internet-based instructional modules that link middle and high school classrooms with active research investigations at the Rutgers Marine & Coastal Sciences "COOLroom," a collaboration of oceanographers studying the coastal ocean off the coast of New Jersey. Here you will find information about how to use the COOL projects and printable teacher's guides.
  • Exploring Mote Marine Laboratory Oceanography Data in the Classroom - This website instructs educators on the classroom use of transect station data from the Mote Marine Lab Phytoplankton Ecology Program, consisting of hydrographic conditions and chlorophyll fluorescence.
  • The SEATURTLE.ORG Satellite Tracking Program provides a unique opportunity to engage students in a fun and exciting way. Satellite tracking can be used to develop lesson plans covering a number of subject areas, including biology, math, geography and even politics.
  • Meteorology Education (Met Ed, K-12) - MetEd offers many modules suitable for use in teaching geosciences to students, such as the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, remote sensing using satellites, and climate change impacts (e.g., urban flooding).
  • Satellite Meteorology Learning Modules (7-12) - Meteorology is an excellent topic to introduce middle and high school students to geoscience, physics, chemistry and applied mathematics. Satellite Meteorology learning modules provide scientists and educators with exciting activities and hands-on tools for investigation, inquiry, analysis and stewardship.
  • NASA - Ocean Motion (9-12) - A review of the surface circulation of Earth's ocean, along with classroom investigations. The website features a toolbox of satellite and model data, allowing investigation of ocean surface current patterns and how they relate to issues of navigation, weather/climate, natural hazards, and marine resources.
  • NASA JPL Resources - a veritable ocean of educational resources on weather, climate, and oceanic science for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
  • MARE - A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives. MARE offers a variety of powerful curriculum tools, resources, and professional development to help bring the excitement of ocean sciences to your school.
  • Counting Plastic - Deep Sea News has an article on figuring out how much plastic is in the ocean. Check this out for a quick review, then click on the links for more in-depth information, and the home page for other great articles.
  • My Science Box (K-College) - The website offers classroom-tested hands-on science lessons for various grade levels as well as "curriculum boxes," or units, for middle and high school students. Topics include ecology, measurement and observation, and more. Each box contains lesson plans, assessments, field trip planning materials, resources, and even sub-plans with independent activities such as web quests.

List Serves for Marine Educators

  • NOAA Information Exchange for Marine Educators - This update receives technical support from NOAA's Ocean Exploration and Research Program and the National Marine Protected Areas Center, to share information pertinent to the marine educator community. It is intended to encourage exchange of information and programs and promote collaboration among the different educators addressing similar issues in their programs.

    To subscribe to this distribution list, send a blank message to requests@willamette.nos.noaa.gov with "subscribe infoexchange" in the subject field.
  • Scuttlebutt - the Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Center (NMEA) discussion list - a forum for marine educators to talk informally about marine education ideas, issues, and questions.
  • Science Information for Teachers (SIFT) List - A free e-mail subscription service that allows science educators to easily find information about useful internet sites categorized by topic, as well as professional development workshops and grant opportunities. Topics include Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Biology, and Earth Science.

    The archive of the SIFT List entries are available in The Sifters Guide to Everything (Science) which currently includes more than 3000 science links.

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Contact Us

NOAA Fisheries
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5000

For more information, please check out our Outreach Brochures and Materials page.


List of Acronyms for Link

  • CLEO - Coral Literature, Education and Outreach
  • C-MORE - Center for Microbial Oceanography Research and Education
  • CORIS - Coral Reef Information System
  • COSEE - Centers for Ocean Science Education Excellence
  • JASON - Joint Altimetry Satellite Oceanography Network
  • JPL - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • MARE - Marine Activities, Resources & Education
  • NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • NCDC - National Climatic Data Center
  • NESDIS - National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service
  • NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • NOS - National Ocean Service
  • NSF - National Science Foundation
  • PIRO - Pacific Islands Regional Office
  • PIFSC - Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
  • OCM - Office for Coastal Management - Pacific Islands
  • SEA - Sea Earth Atmosphere
  • STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics