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Marine studies

If you had to draw the boundaries of the Earth's oceans on a map, would you be able to? 

The answer is no—because there is really only one "world ocean."

Oceanographers have divided the world ocean into four principal areas: the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, and Arctic Oceans.

The videos are taken from the interactive online game, My Ocean. 

Test your ocean knowledge and learn about the different ocean basins of the world ocean by playing here.

Ocean Education

Bring engaging and important ocean learning to your classroom. Use these resources to help your students learn about ocean life, human interactions with the ocean, and the ocean’s physical geography, and to gain the information necessary to formulate their own opinions on ocean-related environmental issues.

Activities for Grades K-2

Activities for Grades 3-5

Activities for Grades 6-8

Putting a Toe in the Water: A Teachers' Guide to Getting Started with Coastal and Marine Studies in Tasmania
This forty page book (released June 2002) contains practical activities, ideas and worksheets for teachers interested in integrating coastal and marine studies into their teaching. Whilst developed for Tasmanian teachers, much of it would be useful to Marine Educators throughout Australia.

Early Years Marine Education

Create a Motion Ocean science experiment 

Marine Science Matters! - a unit for primary school

The A-Z compilation of Marine Creatures is a small taste of our amazing Australian marine biodiversity most of which in some way may be effected by climate change through Ocean acidification and Habitat loss as a few examples.

Sustainable Seafood:

On the topic of Sustainable Seas, Australian Marine Conservation Society has produced an on-line guide and a free phone app, on Sustainable  Seafood.The guide includes species that are "better choices" (green code) in terms of sustainability; those for which consumers should "think twice" before eating (amber code), and those species which consumers should "say no" (red code) to eating, in terms of marine resource sustainability .

Species, at risk, found in the Marine environments class

Beachwatch Programs

Each morning, we predict the likelihood of pollution levels at Sydney's ocean and harbour beaches. Select one of the regions to view the daily bulletin for beaches in that area.

15 modules.

Into the Blue: Marine and Fisheries Education Kit                               

The Fisheries Group of DBIRD (Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development) have produced an educational package focusing on the marine environment. from

This uses "The Eagle and the Gull" Dreamtime story from the Bardi people of North Western Australia. The story illustrates the influence people can have upon natural resources when used unwisely.

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 Eagle and the Gull Dreamtime story (56 Kb)
 Eagle and the Gull poster (jpg image, 422 Kb)
 Teacher materials, activities (368 Kb)

Module 2
(for middle primary learners, Band 2)

This uses the book The "Treacherous Travels of Tasman Turtle" by Simon McLean. The story follows Tasman’s travels through the ocean and the challenges he has to overcome along the way.

Note: The book referred to in Module 2 is currently out of print and may not be available in all stores at present but is to be re-released in the future. Another good book that is available in most stores is "Turtle song" written by Alan Brown.

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 Teacher materials, activities (811 Kb)   

Module 3 
(for upper primary learners, Band 3)

This uses the book "Blueback" by Tim Winton. The story centres around the life of the character Abel, from his childhood in a small fishing village to his life as a marine biologist. A reference for the code is provided in the resource list at the end of this module and is available on the Victorian Fisheries website.

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 Teacher materials, activities (730 Kb)

Marine Ecology, Human Impacts, & Conservation