Marine science is one of the most popular science electives in high school and college. Its interdisciplinary structure requires students to integrate biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics, making it a perfect addition to any science course sequence. This guide breaks down the important information students need to know, provides links to products and free digital resources, and includes suggestions for hands-on labs that reinforce student learning. We have gathered a variety of products and resources to better help you teach this concept. They include:
- Models and manipulatives to simplify teaching marine science
- Oceanography and marine biology activities, experiments, and kits
- Free resources for you and your students
The major areas covered in this topic:
Oceans cover about 70% of the earth’s surface, drive weather, and provide food for multitudes of organisms. Investigating the physical and chemical properties of water is foundational for understanding our oceans and the interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
The oceans house a vast variety of organisms, from phytoplankton and zooplankton to sharks and whales. Observing some of these organisms in a class aquarium can spur student interest and provide a wealth of experiment data. The sets shown below can get you started.
Marine Dissection Specimens
A complete series of marine dissections provides a study in structure and function and taxonomy. Students can begin dissections with marine invertebrates and proceed to bony and cartilaginous fish.
Models and Manipulatives
Other Marine Science Products
We offer a number of products that will help facilitate your marine science lessons.
Additional Marine Science Support
We have free resources to help you teach this concept, including:
- Free Activities and Resources
- Helpful Buying Guides
Free 3-D/NGSS Activities for Marine Science
Carolina Essentials™ are free, hands-on, NGSS-based activities. These activities are designed to make implementing 3-D learning easy. Students make sense of phenomena while learning concepts essential for understanding ecosystem processes. You can browse all of these Carolina Essentials or try one of these:
Additional Marine Science Resources
Use these free resources to supplement your instruction about marine science.
- Receive guidance for your squid dissection.
- Model the Coriolis Effect with this activity.
- Demonstrate cloud formation.
- Investigate ocean currents.
- Make a scientific claim about ocean acidification.
Marine Science Skill Videos
Looking for videos to enhance your marine science instruction? Try one of these.
Choosing the appropriate equipment for your labs can be a challenging task. Our buying guides are designed to make your decisions easy. Review Carolina recommended microscopes or this handy guide.
For More Guidance
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