General Resource Guide
NEMO is a comprehensive curriculum on ocean science provided by NOAA, originally developed to enrich learning for students in Washington, DC. It covers all the primary topics of included in the NOSB competition, making it a superb resource for any team. New NOSB teams and ocean science clubs will find it especially useful. NEMO is also a great teaching resource for high school science teachers.
The NOAA Ocean Exploration program provides a variety of learning and teaching tools designed to engage broad audiences and enhance America’s environmental literacy through the excitement of ocean discovery. The available tools include hundreds of lesson plans written by teachers for teachers, lessons built around specific ocean exploration expeditions across the globe, multimedia packages on specific ocean science topics, the Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration curriculum, and a collection of background information and lessons associated with the Gulf of Mexico and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Also available are educational materials that were developed to encourage educators, students, and citizen scientists to become personally involved with the voyages and discoveries of America’s first Federal ship dedicated to Ocean Exploration:
The MPA Center has created a new publication on marine protected area resources and concepts for teaching Ocean Literacy. The document melds the “Ocean Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts” developed by the National Geographic Society, NOAA and partners for K-12 curricula with resources from MPA Center that illustrate those principles. The information is intended to help educators improve ocean literacy by highlighting MPA Center resources on marine protected areas and conservation. For more information on MPA Education, visit www.mpa.gov.
The Integration and Application Network (IAN) is a dedicated group of scientists intent on solving, not just studying environmental problems. IAN is an initiative of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science. IAN’s mission is to inspire, manage and produce timely syntheses and assessments on key environmental issues, with a special emphasis on Chesapeake Bay and its watershed.
The Integration & Application Network in Maryland makes available a symbol bank with FREE vector graphics that can be used in Illustrator or in an online diagram creator.
The base site for all of the symbols is at:
For a .pdf with thumbnails of all the graphics available:
For the online diagram creator (if you don’t have access to Adobe products):
A quick overview of how to use it: http://ian.umces.edu/symbols/diagrammer_demo.php
Any ONE of these textbooks will address the breadth of topics covered in an NOSB competition. Purchasing information is provided below, but as a teacher you may be able to request a complimentary copy. You may find earlier editions of these texts by the same authors in the library. Generally, any edition published since 1990 will be adequate.
Moran, Joseph, Ed. Ocean Studies: Introduction to Oceanography, 2nd Edition, 2008.
American Meteorological Society
AMS Ocean Studies Investigations Manual:2010-2011 & Summer 2011
American Meterological Society
Sverdrup, Keith and Virginia Armherst. Introduction to the World’s Oceans, 10th edition, 2008
Garrison, Thomas. Oceanography: An Invitation to Marine Science, 6th edition, 2006.
Brooks Cole Publishing
Life on the Ocean Planet
Pinet, Paul R. Invitation to Oceanography, 4th Edition, Colgate University, 2006.
Jones & Bartlett
Segar, Douglas A. Introduction to Ocean Sciences, 2nd edition, Dec. 2006.
W.W. Norton & Co.
Thurman, Harold V. & Burton, Elizabeth. Introductory Oceanography, 9th ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2001.
Garrison, Tom. Essentials in Oceanography, 5th ed. Brooks Cole Publishing Company, 2008.
Brooks Cole Publishing
These books cover fewer topics, but the coverage is more in-depth. They have been designed for secondary grade levels. These would be good supplemental texts to any of those listed above.
Limnology: Lake and River Ecosystems. Robert G. Wetzel. Academic Press.
Curriculum Research and Development Group. The Fluid Earth: Physical Science and Technology of the Marine Environment, 3rd ed. U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1996.
Curriculum Research and Development Group. The Living Ocean: Biology and Technology of the Marine Environment, 3rd ed. U. Hawaii, Honolulu, 1996.
Greene, Thomas F. Marine Science, 1998.
AMSCO order code: R 451 P
Niesen, Thomas. The Marine Biology Coloring Book, 2nd Edition.
The following periodicals are all good sources of information regarding the oceans. Students need only be concerned with information that has been published from the last five years.
Click on the title to visit a web site associated with the magazine. Some web sites have more information than others, such as complete articles on line, topic summaries, etc. All have online subscription information. Your local public library or school librarian should be able to provide more information on where these sources are located in your area.
- Marine Technology Society Journal
- National Geographic
- Oceanus (the semi-annual report of current research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)
- Scientific American
- Science News
Tasagraph’s “The Theory of Plate Tectonics”
Cost: $59 for first CD, $38.35 thereafter (plus s/h).
Contact: Tasa Graphic Arts, Inc.
Tel: (800) 293-2725
E-mail: TasaGraph [at] aol [dot] com
Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s “A Visit to an Ocean Planet”
Cost: $0 for first CD (order on-line)
Contact: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Tel: (818) 354-4321
E-mail: podaac [at] podaac [dot] jpl [dot] nasa [dot] gov for multiple copies
Website: http://podaac.jpl.nasa.gov/ for a single copy
There is a lot of good information on the World Wide Web on the oceans. However, there is also no quality-control mechanism. For this reason, we are restricting our recommendations to U.S. Government web sites and “The BRIDGE”. Once you leave the government domain via a “link”, there is no certainty that the information you find there is valid. These sites are offered as starting points and, therefore, these URLs are the most general ones for each agency. In some cases, particular pages of note within an agency’s web site are listed as well. These sites are a treasure trove of information, but as with most treasures it takes some time to find what you are seeking! We recommend that you use these sites mostly for studying about ocean-related current events.
- Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal
- BRIDGE Ocean Sciences Teacher Resource Center
- Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
- Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE)
- Great Lakes Lessons
- JOIDES Resolution
- National Aeronautics & Space Administration’s Earth Science Enterprise
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
- NOAA Ocean Explorer
- NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Lab
- National Science Foundation’s Directorate of Geosciences
- Naval Oceanographic Office
- Ocean Literacy
- U. S. Geological Survey Check out the USGS “Learning Web”
- World Ocean Observatory Ocean Classroom