The educators guide includes 8 elementary school level lessons, inspired by topics from the IMAX film Ocean Odyssey, and many NOAA mission critical areas. Watching the film is not required to carry out any of these lessons, but may enhance students’ learning experience of the topics presented in these activities. Educators can view a special extended preview of the film at https://www.oceanodysseyfilm.com/preview. Scroll down to see and download the individual lessons in the guide, or download the entire guide here.
The lessons in this guide have been aligned to major national education standards, including:
Titles or summaries of standards are at the beginning of each lesson. To access the full standards referenced, see links in the appendix.
These lessons progress for use from younger to older grade bands (2-5), but all contain aspects and resources which may be adapted for all grade bands.
The challenges facing the ocean and its inhabitants cross geographic and ethnic boundaries. Understanding the ocean and its ecosystems is essential to comprehending and protecting this planet. This is among NOAA’s most important missions, to better understand and protect our ocean and coasts, their ecosystems, and the communities that rely on them.
We must all be stewards for a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable ocean. The first step in that role is education. We hope the activities in this guide, and films like Ocean Odyssey which inspired them will help lead you and your students to learn more about our ocean planet, its myriad of wonders beneath the waves, and work to maintain healthy ecosystems that are resilient in the face of change.
You can learn more about Ocean Literacy and how to integrate it into your curriculum at: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/literacy.html
These are all the lessons appearing in the Ocean Odyssey Educators Guide along with brief descriptions. You may download each of them individually by clicking on their titles, or download the entire Educators Guide as a whole.