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Sharks

Tubarões

Ciência Viva

Target Group: Primary School

Language: Portuguese

Subject: Fish

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Students learn more about sharks by drawing sharks and pay special attention to the anatomy of the animals. They discuss sharks and create an awareness poster for endangered shark species.

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Materials:

Manila paper, coloring utensils, computer, projector

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Food web game

Teias tróficas-jogo matemático

Ciência Viva

Target Group: Middle School

Language: Portuguese

Subject: Coral Reef Life

Ocean Literacy Principle: 1,2,4,5

Activities:

Game that demonstrates the marine food chain. Students play the food chain game and realize that there are different trophic levels with very little top predators and many primary producers.

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Materials:

Paper, dried food like beans, rice and dried pasta, computer, projector.

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Carbon cycle in the ocean

Carbon cycle in the ocean

Pacific Science Center

Target Group: Middle School

Language: English

Subject: Acidification

Ocean Literacy Principle: 2,3,4,5

Activities:

Students mimic the carbon cycle and it's elements in the ocean by passing around carbon cycle building blocks.

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Materials:

Lego blocks or other building blocks, containers or bags, 2 chairs or tables, sweater.

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Building plankton models

Andando a deriva- Experimento de plâncton

Ciência Viva

Target Group: Middle School

Language: Portuguese

Subject: Plankton

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Students build their own models of plankton from aluminum foil. The students are challenged to create a model that floats, but starts sinking after a while, mimicking the plankton behavior.

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Materials:

Plastic containers or buckets, aluminum foil, salt, stopwatch (or mobile phone), projector and computer or printed version of images of plankton

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Marine turtles

Les tortues marines

Association Evasion Tropicale

Target Group: Primary School

Language: French

Subject: Coral Reef Life

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Booklet with pictures and information about different turtle species: Hawksbill, Green, Olive ridley and Leatherback turtle. It also explains the life cycle of turtles.

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Materials:

Computer, projector

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Sharks

Qué sabes de los tiburones?

Lauren Ayotte

Target Group: Middle School

Language: Spanish

Subject: Fish

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Students answer the True or False questions and find out if they are prejudiced towards sharks or already very knowledgeable.

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Materials:

Projector, computer (or write the statements on the blackboard)

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Sharks

What do you know about sharks?

Lauren Ayotte

Target Group: Middle School

Language: English

Subject: Fish

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Students answer the True or False questions and find out if they are prejudiced towards sharks or already very knowledgeable.

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Materials:

Projector, computer (or write the statements on the blackboard)

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Fish art

A arte e o mar

Ciência Viva

Target Group: Primary School

Language: Portuguese

Subject: Fish

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5

Activities:

Students create their own fish by creating overlaying scales of different materials. As a second activity, students practice their observing skills and redraw a fish they have seen for a few minutes. You can find the activities on page 5 and 6 of the Educator's Guide.

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Materials:

Coloring materials, glue, colored paper , aluminum foil, paint, scissors

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Turtles in trouble-Game

Turtles in trouble-Game

Seagrass-Watch

Target Group: Middle School

Language: English

Subject: Coral Reef Life

Ocean Literacy Principle: 5,6

Activities:

Game that shows the problems turtles face when they go on land to lay their eggs.

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Materials:

30 m rope, 2 jump ropes, paper bags, beans or rice, post-its, marker

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