Extra Credit: Additional Educational Resources

Don't let your learning stop here. Browse these other online resources aimed at students and teachers interested in ocean, coastal, and pollution issues.

Ocean Education

NOAA Educational Resources Site
This website provides links to a number of educational resources available from NOAA. The site includes resources for teachers, students and the public.

NOAA National Ocean Service Education Site
Here you can find links to various educational resources available from NOAA's National Ocean Service. This website includes resources for teachers, students and the public, including lesson plans.

NOAA Ocean Explorer Site
This website strives to engage broad audiences to enhance America's environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. It also includes downloadable educational materials and lesson plans for all ages.

NOAA Restoration Center
The Restoration Center is the only office within NOAA solely devoted to restoring the nation’s coastal, marine, and migratory fish habitat. Learn about its four priority habitat restoration approaches: opening rivers, reconnecting coastal wetlands, restoring corals, and rebuilding shellfish populations.

Smithsonian Ocean Portal
The Smithsonian Ocean Portal is a website bursting with dynamic, multimedia content designed to engage young adults, ocean enthusiasts, and middle school teachers and their students.

Games: Planet Arcade
This arcade is 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.

Coral Reefs

NOAA's Coral Reef Conservation Program
This website provides access to lesson plans and other useful information to help incorporate coral reefs into the classroom, as well as resources for individuals wanting to learn more about coral ecosystems, including students working on school projects.

National Ocean Service Education Discovery Kit: Corals
Explore this tutorial on the biology of and threats to corals, a roadmap to related web resources, and a series of coral-related lesson plans developed for students at the high school level.

Pollution

Prince William's Oily Mess: A Tale of Recovery
Check out a case study in the Exxon Valdez oil spill, accompanied by a set of supporting resources, including student and teacher guides, an interactive quiz, an exercise with real data, and an interview with National Ocean Service (NOS) scientist, Dr. Alan Mearns.

NOAA Marine Debris Education Site
This website contains useful information, materials, and resources from the NOAA Marine Debris Program that can be used to help prevent and address marine debris.

Explaining DDT and PCB Impacts on Wildlife
NOAA's Montrose Settlements Restoration Program has developed a collection of products for educators to use for teaching about industrial marine pollution. Order free copies of several educational products, including a comic book [PDF] which explains the impacts of pollution throughout the food chain and a Fish Contamination Educator's Curriculum Guide [PDF] which covers topics relating to contaminants in fish, identifying fish, and restoration.

Nonpoint Source Pollution
Nonpoint source pollution is contamination released from many spread out sources that can't be tied to a specific location. Take this tutorial describing the types of nonpoint source pollution, the various pollutants that originate from nonpoint sources, and our research and monitoring efforts.

Understanding Black Tides
Explore this animated and informative website produced by the French Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution (Cedre), which offers plenty of visuals and current knowledge on oil spill response.

Ohmsett: Just for Students
Ohmsett is an oil spill response and research testing facility in New Jersey, where oil spill conditions are tested using tanks. They have a section of their website dedicated to kid-friendly information and activities about oil spills and how they are managed.

Exploring Earth: What Happens When an Oil Spill Occurs?
Navigate this web-based investigation featuring animations, interactive graphics, and unique imagery to help students gather information about oil spills.

Olympic Coast Oil Spill Simulation: An Introduction to Geospatial Analysis through Google Earth
The Pacific Education Institute partnered with NOAA's Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Bay-Watershed Education Training program to create this simulation for high school students to learn about oil spills while learning how to use GIS tools.

FAQ: Microbes and Oil Spills
This report is based on the deliberations of over 20 of the nation’s leading experts who came together for one day to develop clear answers to seven frequently asked questions regarding the role of microbes in an oil spill.

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