New England Connections Resource List

Compiled by Diana Payne, Education Coordinator, Connecticut Sea Grant   November 2010

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


The NOAA Climate Service will encompass a core set of longstanding NOAA capabilities with proven success. The climate research, observations, modeling, predictions and assessments generated by NOAA’s top scientists – including Nobel Peace Prize award-winners – will continue to provide the scientific foundation for extensive on-the-ground climate services that respond to several requests each day for data and other critical information.

Climate Service Education section:

This website serves as a portal to lesson plans, educational multi-media, data sources, career profiles, and other education content from across the agency. The content is centered on five thematic areas that highlight NOAA science and stewardship, the themes are: Oceans and Coasts, Climate, Weather and Atmosphere, Marine Life, and Freshwater. Under each theme are topical resource collections that support common teaching topics and align with state and national science education standards.

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.

NERRS Education:

NOS Education (includes Discovery Kits)

Estuaries 101 Curriculum


Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration curriculum:

Lesson Plans:

  • Sea Grant

Environmental stewardship, long-term economic development and responsible use of America’s coastal, ocean and Great Lakes resources are at the heart of Sea Grant’s mission. Sea Grant is a nationwide network (administered through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA]), of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities. The National Sea Grant College Program engages this network of the nation’s top universities in conducting scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.

Sea Grant is NOAA’s primary university-based program in support of coastal resource use and conservation. Our research and outreach programs promote better understanding, conservation and use of America’s coastal resources. In short, Sea Grant is “science serving America’s coasts.”

Education page:

Education Contact: Diana Payne

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Education contacts: Bethany Hanna ; Emma


Education page:

Education contact: Beth Bisson

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Education contact: Sarah Hammond

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Education contact: Mark Wiley

Education page: In progress

Education contact: Meredith Haas

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Education contact: Kate Madin

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience. The program provides a unique environment for learning and teaching by sending kindergarten through college-level teachers to sea aboard NOAA research and survey ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew. Then, armed with new understanding and experience, teachers bring this knowledge back to their classrooms.  Indeed, the greatest payoff of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea program is the enthusiasm for learning more about our ocean planet generated between teachers and students.  Since its inception in 1990, the program has enabled more than 500 teachers to gain first-hand experience of science and life at sea. By participating in this program, it becomes possible for teachers to enrich their classroom curricula with a depth of understanding made possible by living and working side-by-side, day and night, with those who contribute to the world’s body of oceanic and atmospheric scientific knowledge.

National Marine Educators Association and Local Chapters

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of both fresh and salt water and provides a focus for marine and aquatic studies all over the world.

Making known the world of water, both fresh and salt

New England Marine Education Associations

New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative

The New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative (NEOSEC) is a diverse networked collaboration of more than forty institutions from across New England, including aquariums, museums, universities, government entities and science and research centers. NEOSEC’s mission and collective purpose are to leverage New England’s extraordinary assets, to engage the public in understanding the vital connections between people and the ocean.  NEOSEC is a robust network and collaborates in a spirit of inclusiveness, tapping into the wealth of ocean resources in the region. The diversity of professional expertise, resources, locations, and audiences represented by NEOSEC enables us to facilitate strong connections between New England scientists and educators.

Ocean Literacy

The Ocean Literacy Campaign is a wide-ranging, collaborative and de-centralized effort by scientists and educators to create a more ocean literate society. An important component of the Campaign is the education of our K-12 students in ocean sciences.  The development of two consensus documents, Ocean Literacy: The Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences K-12 (hereafter referred to as the Ocean Literacy Principles) and the complementary Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12 (hereafter referred to as the Scope and Sequence), has been integral to this campaign. The documents provide formal and informal educators and curriculum and program developers with a “roadmap” that helps them build coherent and conceptually sound learning experiences for students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Ocean Literacy website:

Scope & Sequence

Activity and Curriculum Books

Biddle, S., & Biddle, M. (2000). Underwater Origami: Aquatic Paper Folding for Kids. 

Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series.

Castaldo, N.F. (2002). Oceans: An Activity Guide for Ages 6-9. Chicago, IL: Chicago

Press Review.

Chase, V. (Ed.). (2006). Learning Ocean Science Through Ocean Exploration: A 

Curriculum for Grades 6-12 (3rd ed.).

Cherry, L., & Braasch, G. (2008). How We Know What We Know About Our Changing 

Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.

Denne, B. (2005). The Usborne Internet-linked First Encyclopedia of Seas & Oceans.

Tulsa: Educational Development Corporation.

Ford, B.A., & Smith, S.P. (2000). Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography (2nd 

ed.). Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

Goodwin, M. (2007). Discover Your World With NOAA: An Activity Book. Washington,

D.C.: NOAA, US Department of Commerce.

Halversen, C., & Strang, C. (2001). Only One Ocean: Marine Science Activities for 

Grades 5-8. The Regents of the University of California.

Halversen, C., Beals, K., & Strang, C. (2001). Ocean Currents: Marine Science Activities 

for Grades 5-8. The Regents of the University of California.

Kavanagh, J. (2002). Seashore Life: Educational Games & Activities for Kids of All Ages.

Waterford Press.

Lawlor, E.P. (1992). Discover Nature at the Seashore. Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books.

Littlefield, C.A. (2003). Awesome Ocean Science: Investigating the Secrets of the 

Underwater World. Nashville, TN: Williamson Books.

MacRae-Campbell, L., McKisson, M., & Campbell, B. (1998). The Ocean Crisis (2nd 

ed.). Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press.

Malnor, C.L. (2008). A Teacher’s Guide to How We Know What We Know About Our 

Changing Climate. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.

Malnor, B., & Malnor, C. (1998). A Teacher’s Guide to A Swim Through the Sea. Nevada

City, CA: Dawn Publications.

Niesen, T. (2000). The Marine Biology Coloring Book (2nd ed.). New York: Harper


Pratt, K. J. (1994). A Swim Through the Sea. Nevada City, CA: Dawn Publications.

Project WET & NOAA. (2003). Celebrate Wetlands. Bozeman, MT: The Project

WET International Foundation.

Project WET & NOAA. (2005). Discover Bays & Estuaries. Bozeman, MT: The Project

WET International Foundation.

Project WET & NOAA. (2006). Discover Marine Mammals. Bozeman, MT: The Project

WET International Foundation.

Project WET & NOAA. (2003). Explore Oceans. Bozeman, MT: The Project

WET International Foundation.

Project WET & NOAA. (2003). Fish & Fishing. Bozeman, MT: The Project

WET International Foundation.

Shedd Aquarium (2000). Coral Reefs: An Activity guide for Grades 3-5. Chicago, IL:

Shedd Aquarium Society.

Shedd Aquarium (1999). Fishes: An Activity guide for Grades K-8. Chicago, IL: Shedd

Aquarium Society.

Shedd Aquarium (1999). Oceans: An Activity guide for Grades 6-8. Chicago, IL: Shedd

Aquarium Society.

Shedd Aquarium (1998). Penguins: An Activity guide for Grades K-3. Chicago, IL:

Shedd Aquarium Society.

Shedd Aquarium (1998). Sharks: An Activity guide for Grades 3-5. Chicago, IL: Shedd

Aquarium Society.

Shedd Aquarium (1997). Whales: An Activity guide for Grades 3-5. Chicago, IL: Shedd

Aquarium Society.

Smith, M.J., Southard, J.B., & Mably, J. (2002). Investigating Earth Systems: An Inquiry 

Earth Science Program. Armonk, NY: It’s About Time.

Strang, C., Halverson, C., & Hosoume, K. (1996). On Sandy Shores: Marine Science 

Activities for Grades 2-4. The Regents of the University of California.

Tanner, J. (1980). Marine Biology: Ecology of the Sea. Tucson, AZ: Zephyr Press.

US Dept. of Interior Minerals Management Service. Ocean Energy. Washington, D.C.:

US Dept. of Interior.

Wade, L. (2005). Whales in the Classroom Presents: Oceanography. Minnetonka, MN:

Singing Rock Press.

Williams, A. (2002). Nature Unfolds: Oceans. New York: Crabtree Publishing Company.

Wood, L. (2001). Marine Science 1: Grades K-2. San Luis Obispo, CA: Dandy Lion


Wood, L. (2001). Marine Science 2: Grades 3-5. San Luis Obispo, CA: Dandy Lion


Wood, L. (2001). Marine Science 3: Grades 6-8. San Luis Obispo, CA: Dandy Lion



Bordeau, V., & Arnold, M.E., (2008). Inquiry goes outdoors: What can we learn at the

pond? Science Scope, 32(1), 64-67.

Note: This article focuses on conducting a field inquiry investigation by using a schoolyard habitat (pond).

Buttars, R. (2009). Using seashells to teach classification. Science Scope, 32(6), 50-53.

Harris, R., & Burke, K. (2008). Developing the essential features of inquiry. Science 

Scope, 32(1), 40-46.

Note: This article focuses on conducting a field inquiry investigation by participating in an Adopt-A-Beach cleanup program.

Lambert, J. & Smith Sundburg, S. (2006). Ocean science in the classroom. The Science 

Teacher, 73(6), 40-43.

Mesires, M. (2010). A study of the St. Lawrence River ecological habitat. Science Scope,

33(7), 22-27.

Payne, D. (2006). Under Pressure: A study of issues in oceanography. The Science 

Teacher, 73(6), 30-35.

Plankis, B. &Klein, C. (2010. The CORALS connection. The Science Teacher, 77(2), 47-


Schoedinger, S., Cava, F., & Jewell, B. (2006). The need for ocean literacy in the

classroom. The Science Teacher, 73(6), 44-47.

Soutar, V., Parr, R, Prescott, R., & Di lorio, D. (2010). Set sail with science ! The Science 

Teacher, 77(3), 51-55.

Testa, J., Gurbisz, C., Murray, L. et. al (2010). Investigating aquatic dead zones. The 

Science Teacher, 77(2), 29-34.

Wyner, Y. (2010). Disrupter food webs: Exploring the relationship between overfishing

and dead zones in the Chesapeake Bay. Science Scope, 33(7), 78-85.


Alexander, L. (Ed.). (2010) Life on an Ocean Planet. Current Publishing Corp.

Note: The series includes a student textbook, student laboratory and activity manual, teacher curriculum guide, teacher’s edition laboratory and activity manual, teacher transparency resource package, teacher digital resources and assessment tool.  The teacher’s guide in the 2010 edition includes correlations of chapter content to the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts.

Carlsen, W.S., & Trautmann, N.M. (2004) Watershed Dynamics. Arlington, VA: NSTA


Krasny, M. E. (2003). Invasion Ecology. Arlington, VA: NSTA Press.

NSTA. (2007). Biodiversity: Resources for Environmental Literacy. Alexandria, VA:

NSTA Press.

NSTA. (2007). Global Climate Change: Resources for Environmental Literacy.

Alexandria, VA: NSTA Press.

NSTA. (2007) Resources for Environmental Literacy. Alexandria, VA: NSTA Press.

NSTA. (1998). Introduced Species. Alexandria, VA: NSTA Press.

Phelan, Glen. (2008). Concept Links Series: Literacy and Language through Content.

Millmark Education.  Note: contains Instruction Modules such as Oceans, Ecosystems.

Science Explorer: Earth’s Waters (2002). Prentice Hall.

Science Explorer: Environmental Science (2002). Prentice Hall.

Web sites

An ocean of free, teacher approved marine education resources!

The IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library contains over 300 datasets from a variety of earth science disciplines and climate-related topics. It is a powerful tool that offers the following capabilities at no cost to the user: access any number of datasets; create analyses of data ranging from simple averaging to more advanced EOF analyses; monitor present climate conditions with maps and analyses in the Maproom, create visual representations of data, including animations; download data in a variety of commonly-used formats, including GIS-compatible formats.

Funded primarily by the National Science Foundation with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the COSEE Network is comprised of 12 Centers plus a Central Coordinating Office. Some Centers primarily serve specific regions while others are thematic and focus their efforts on a particular area of expertise and apply these efforts on a national scale.

COSEE-Ocean Systems (COSEE-OS), with a team of researchers and other experts from the University of Maine, University of New Hampshire, and Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, was established to implement several integrated activities, each designed to improve COSEE’s impact on rural and inland communities. COSEE-OS is one of twelve Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and is funded by the National Science Foundation.

TWO NEW COSEEs in New Engalnd!!!!!

  • COSEE TEK COSEE-Technology and Engineering for Knowledge (University of Connecticut, Project Oceanology, Mystic Aquarium)
  • COSEE OCEAN (UMass-Boston)

The Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) is a distributed community effort involving educators, students, and scientists working together to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of teaching and learning about the Earth system at all levels. DLESE supports Earth system science education by providing access to high-quality collections of educational resources, access to Earth data sets and imagery, including the tools and interfaces that enable their effective use in educational settings, support services to help educators and learners effectively create, use, and share educational resources, and communication networks to facilitate interactions and collaborations across all dimensions of Earth system education.  DLESE resources include electronic materials for both teachers and learners, such as lesson plans, maps, images, data sets, visualizations, assessment activities, curriculum, online courses, and much more.

  • Dive and Discover With Dive and Discover, your students are at the frontline of scientific inquiry as they join scientists—geologists, chemists and biologists—who are exploring the seafloor and making amazing new deep-sea discoveries. Daily updates, photos, videos and email correspondence with scientists from these research vessels allow your students to follow the progress of the scientific missions and find out about life on the floating laboratories at sea.
  • Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS)

The ocean influences everyone – just think of El Nino. Yet, unlike the routine monitoring of weather patterns in the atmosphere, there has been relatively little routine observing of ocean waters – including the Gulf of Maine – until now. Click here for a report on the economic benefits of ocean observing in the Gulf of Maine.  GoMOOS is a national pilot program designed to bring hourly oceanographic data from the Gulf of Maine to all those who need it.

The Long Island Sound Foundation’s mission is to provide future generations with knowledge and information needed to preserve and protect Long Island Sound. The Long Island Sound Foundation was established in 1992 to fill a void within the environmental community and to promote a greater awareness and understanding of Long Island Sound as a natural resource and treasure. Our goal is to facilitate the exchange of information and enhance the ability of individuals and organizations to address issues impacting Long Island Sound.

Resources include an LIS Resource Directory and Coastal Access Guide. will introduce you to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields. In addition, it will give those men and women a chance to tell you what they like and dislike about their careers, what they see for the future in their fields, and much more. This site also provides you with some experts’ views on what the future holds for marine science careers.

MYSound  provides comprehensive, real-time water quality, weather and wave data from Long Island Sound, its harbors and estuaries. The sensor data  available includes: water temperature, salinity (from conductivity), and dissolved oxygen as indicators of water quality. Due to the initial popularity of our weather station located in the eastern sound, we have added weather sensors to the Central Sound and Western Sound buoys. The Central Sound buoy is also equipped with a wave monitor.

Nab the Aquatic Invader! is a fun way to learn about aquatic invaders. By using this site you can check out lots of unusual species that create real problems in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes regions.  There are many ways that this site can help you with your class projects. By doing the activities and playing the games on this site, you will learn about nature and be inspired to help the environment by “nabbing” these pesky critters and seeing that you can make a difference.

  • Northeast Regional Association of Coastal Observing Systems (NERACOOS)  The Northeastern Regional Association of Coastal Ocean Observing Systems is a component of the national IOOS, spanning coastal waters from the Canadian Maritime Provinces to the New York Bight. Our mission is to make available information to those who use these waters. We provide weather and ocean data to fishers and commercial shippers determining if conditions are safe for passage and to emergency managers issuing storm warnings. We are also advancing efforts to use these data for water quality monitoring, harmful algal bloom predictions and warnings, and coastal flooding and erosion forecasting systems.
  • Project Oceanology

Project Oceanology’s waterfront location is adjacent to a diverse variety of marine habitats and offers hands-on learning opportunities for any age. Our school programs for students in grades 5 through 12, scout programs and summer enrichment overnight and day camps feature an inquiry oriented approach to science. The lighthouse expeditions, oceanographic research cruises and seal watches are unique educational outings for families. Our travel programs for grown-ups provide learning adventures in marine ecology and lighthouse preservation. We are located at the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point Campus in Groton, Connecticut.

Each year, students from across the US take part in scientific studies conducted both in the classroom and at sea. Through the web, SEAS students work alongside deep-sea researchers to learn more about the deep sea.  PLEASE NOTE: SEAS is currently in transition. We are in the process of growing and integrating with FLEXE (From Local to EXtreme Environments), a new Earth System project of the GLOBE program. Please visit the GLOBE site for more information.