ERIC Number: ED199146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
You and the Ocean.
Ocean Education Project, Washington, DC.
This multidisciplinary unit of study introduces the law of the sea to students in grades one through six. The unit, which takes three weeks to complete can be taught in science and social studies courses. Concepts taught include the following: there are many things in the sea that are of value to humankind; people need products from the sea; people need to share together the ocean's wealth; and man is part of the marine ecosystem. The unit involves the students in many activities. In one activity children work in small groups and cut pictures about the sea out of magazines. They create posters by pasting these pictures under headings: "Good Things About the Oceans," and "Bad Things About the Oceans." A classroom discussion follows. The students learn that oil comes from the ocean floor and that many things we use are made from fish or plant products. They also learn about pollution. In another activity, students examine maps of Africa which show landlocked countries. They are then asked to assign ocean areas equally to all of the African countries. They draw or color the maps to show how they solved the problem. In one part of the unit the teacher guides the class in experiments to see if vegetable seeds will grow in salt water. Children choose from several kinds of seeds and attempt to grow one in a cup of soil watered by fresh water and one in a cup watered by salt water. In other activities students take a field trip to a fish market, draw murals showing undersea life, read stories and poems about the sea, build models to show how oil is taken from the sea, produce a puppet show about the manganese nodule, and view films. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ocean Education Project, Washington, DC.