Ocean life or marine biology is a fascinating subject for most kids. There are so many things to learn, and it,s like an entire world underneath the water that you could easily create an exciting and fun unit study with it. If you are planning on using ocean life as a study unit any time soon, here are some marine biology unit study resources to help you do just that.
Marine Biology Unit Study Resources
Marine Biology Lesson Plan Ideas
This lesson plan on oceans is not free, but is at a very reasonable price and is good for ages K-12 from Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett.
I Teach Bio has a huge list of resources and handouts, as well as activities for kids of all ages for a marine biology unit.
These Ocean Math Worksheets for K-5 grade are a great addition to any ocean study unit.
Marine Biology Lapbooks and Printables
This set of bivalve printables from Enchanted Learning has some anatomy pictures of clams and oysters that would be great for an ocean unit.
Check out some ideas on putting together a great lapbook with this post from 1+1+1=1 on whales and dolphins.
Marine Biology Crafts, Experiments and Tutorials
NOAA’s Coral Reef section has a PDF with many marine biology activities and experiments for middle school students.
Julian’s Science Fair is a great resource for many types of marine biology science experiments for grades 4-12.
This egg carton Great Barrier Reef from Micador is a fun way to build a reef of your own.
Marine Biology Videos and Clips
The Monteray Bay Aquarium has some great live webcams of sea creatures to watch.
Here is a virtual tour of the The Great Barrier Reef from National Geographic.
This World’s Weirdest Freaks of the Ocean video from National Geographic is good for older kids to show some strange ocean creatures.
Additional Marine Biology Resources
Project Oceanography has some great resources for teaching about marine biology from worksheets to lesson ideas.
Marine Bio.org is a good resource for videos, marine conservation information and more.
Books and Kits about Marine Biology for Kids
The Marine Biology Coloring Book by Thomas M. Neison
Ocean: World’s Largest Wilderness Revealed by Robert Dinwiddie
National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World by Brent S Stewart
Marine Biology Study Chart by BarCharts Inc.
Citizens of the Sea by Nancy Knowlton
Cool Careers: Marine Biologist by William David Thomas