Oregon Coast Aquatic and Marine Science Partnership

Ocean Literacy Symposium

Presentations and Supporting Materials

Below you can find supporting materials from the Ocean Literacy Symposium held August 30th. If you have trouble finding any materials or need additional help imbedding Ocean Literacy in your classroom, please contact Rachael Bashor at 541.867.3474 x5317 or rachael.goetzelman@lincoln.k12.or.us.

The materials/presentations are organized by subject area: Language Arts, Math, Interdisciplinary Science, Science, Social Science, Art, Technology and Other.


Language Arts Focus

1-5 Ocean Voices and Oregon's BeachesMatt Love, Lincoln County School District 
2-3 Reading, Writing, and Illustrating Non-Fiction Picture Books about the OceanTaylor MorrisonNon-fiction Picture Book Presentation
2-10 Using Quality Tools and Literature to Teach Ocean LiteracyLibba Sager, Lincoln County School District 
3-12 Science A-Z and Common Core StandardsKristin Takano Becker, Lincoln County School District 
4-8 Exploring the Natural World with Language ArtsJudith Li 

Math Focus

4-5 How Many Fish Can We Catch?Selina Heppell, Oregon State University 

Interdisciplinary Science Focus

1-1 Ocean Literacy K-2 Curriculum               

Ingrid Olson, Robyn Medici, Leala Sears, Sandy Mummey, Amy Calavan, Brandi Ward and Andrea Herron, Lincoln County School District

Ocean Literacy K-2 Curriculum Presentation

K Curriculum

1st Grade Curriculum

2nd grade curriculum

1-3 Ghost Shrimp Inquiry at Multiple GradesJana Osterlund, Kama Almasi and Dana Spink, Lincoln County School District 
1-8 Peer Teaching: Connecting Deforestation, Erosion, and Aquatic Life in the WatershedBeth Parsons, Kara Allan, Matt Falby and Mary Beth Guerrena, Lincoln County School District 
2-2 Marine DebrisRicardo Letelier, Oregon State UniversityMarine Debris C-More Kit Lesson Materials and Request
2-7 Watersheds and Invasive Species Education: (WISE) Opportunities for place-based science-based stewardship in the outdoor school and home environmentTania Siemens, Oregon Sea Grant Extension

Invasive Species Teachers' Toolkit

 Aquatic Invasive Species in the Classroom

2-12 Remotely Operated Vehicles: An Engineering Design ChallengeTracy Crews, Oregon Sea Grant 
2-13 Outdoor Inquiry for Early ElementaryNemesia Herzstein, Oregon Coast AquariumMudflat Inquiry Lesson Plan
3-3 PaleobotanyFawn Custer, Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators 
3-5 Fisheries and Economics- “You’re Excluded”Kaety Hildenbrand, Oregon State University Extension"You're Excluded" Lesson Plan
3-6 Incorporating Writing and Illustration Through Science JournalingKathy Newman and Kathleen Dougherty, Eddyville Charter School; Rebecca Fitzwater, Lincoln County School District Science Journaling Presentation
3-7 QuestsCait Goodwin, Oregon Sea Grant

Quest Handout

Quest Website

3-8 Ocean Literacy Share-a-thon, Middle and High SchoolRuth McDonald, Lincoln County School District 
3-9 Tidepool Investigations Using QuadratsRichard Berenson, Lincoln County School DistrictTidepool Quadrat Presentation
4-1 Ocean Literacy Share-a-thon, ElementaryRuth McDonald, Lincoln County School District 
4-3 Making the Connection- from Classroom to “I Get It!”Fran Matthews, Marine Discovery Tours

Marine Discovery Tours  Presentation

Marine Discovery Tours Flyer

Marine Discovery Tours Field Experiences

Strictly Science Focus

1-2 Shorebird Superheroes: Engage, empower and excite students about nature-based educationJennifer Winston and Lindsay Raber, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services 
1-9 Build Model Wave Energy GeneratorsBill Hanshumaker and Alan Perrill, Oregon State University 
1-10 Oceanscape Network- Connecting youth with outdoor inquiry through the webMarsh Myers, Oregon Coast AquariumOceanscape Network Webpage
1-12 Forestry Literacy and Ocean LiteracyNorie-Dime Ediger, Oregon Forestry Research CenterOregon Forestry Literacy Webpage
3-4 Plankton Small but Mighty!Robyn Medici, Amanda Middlebrooks, Jennifer Stobie, Ingrid Olson and Amy Calavan, Lincoln County School District 
4-6 Preparation for Inquiry Based Field ExperienceJoseph O'Neil, Oregon Hatchery Research CenterOregon Hatchery Research Center Website
4-11 Exploring Inland Oceans: a classroom video package for exploring freshwater food webs and ecological scienceJeremy Monroe, Freshwaters IllustratedRiverwebs Website
4-12 Data by Design: Engineering Solutions for Sea Lion Research, a marine science and engineering curriculumLisa Mulcahy, MarEPOsa

Data by Design Presentation

Engineering Solutions for Sea Lion Research Curriculum

Tools for using cell phones in the classroom

Social Science Focus

2-9 Voices of the FisheriesJamie Doyle, Oregon Sea Grant 
4-2 The History of Lighthouses on the Oregon CoastRoy Simpson, BLM- Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural AreaYaquina Head Website

Art Focus

1-11 Sound Waves: Teaching Marine Science with MusicDr. Kevin Ahern, Oregon State UniversitySound Waves Presentation
2-8 Experiential ArtKaren White, KW Sculptureswww.kwsculptures.com
3-1 Gyotaku- Fish Printing DemonstrationBruce Koike, Oregon Coast Community College and Mary Koike, Lincoln County School District 
4-4 Washed Ashore- plastics, sea life and artJana Osterlund and Jo Train, Lincoln County School DistrictWashed Ashore Presentation

Technology Focus

1-6 Learning About the Ocean Using Real Time DataSarah Mikulak, NW Association of Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS); Dr. Tawnya Peterson, CMOPNANOOS Materials
2-1 StreamwebsRyan Johnson, Oregon Sea Grant Extension Service

Streamwebs Handout

Streamwebs Website

2-4 USFWS Vodcast Partnership: Technology and scienceJennifer Winston, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services 


1-4 CCSS, Standards, & Ocean Literacy:  Friends– not FoesSara Johnson, Lincoln County School District 
1-7 What Good are Museums and Field Trips?Shawn Rowe, Oregon State University 
2-5 Marine Recreation: How math and science are applied in sailing.Joe Novello, Lincoln County School DistrictMarine Recreation Presentation
2-6 Citizen Science and Service LearningVirginiaTardaeweather, MidCoast Watershed Council 
2-11 Total Instructional Alignment and the Ocean Literacy PrinciplesSandy Mummey, Lincoln County School DistrictTIA Presentation
3-11 Engaging Youth in ConservationTricia Ratliff, SurfriderEngaging Youth in Conservation Presentation
4-9 Ecophobia, Age-Appropriate Environmental EducationDr. Kerry Carlin Morgan, Oregon Coast Aquarium 
4-10 Planning a Field TripRachael Bashor, Oregon Coast AquariumPlanning a Field Trip Presentation


Why Ocean Literacy?

As the world begins to understand more fully how our environment and human activity are intertwined, the ocean’s role as a life support system for the planet has become more apparent. The ocean moderates temperatures around the world. Evaporation drives the water cycle, providing us with most of the fresh water we drink. Photosynthesis by billions upon billions of microscopic plants in the sea produces half the oxygen in every breath we take. The ocean offers up untold tons of seafood each year to feed a hungry and growing planet. Yet, despite this remarkable productivity, most Americans know little about how all these pieces fit together and understand even less about the vital role the ocean plays in their everyday lives.

This understanding has come to be known as “ocean literacy.” Ocean literacy has been formally defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us—and our influence on the ocean. An ocean-literate person should understand certain essential principles and fundamental concepts about the ocean and how it functions.

Ultimately, ocean literacy creates well-educated citizens who can communicate about the ocean meaningfully and make informed and responsible decisions about how we choose to use and protect the ocean and its resources. The ocean is, at best, a peripheral subject in today’s classrooms, yet the ocean is an educational trove. From chemistry to biology, physics to technology, reading, writing, history, art, economics, music and psychology, are all fertile subject matter flowing out of the seas. The ocean is the central figure in an engaging and exciting story of scientific awakening just waiting to be explored by millions of children across the country. This awakening will grow only more relevant as the world tries to adapt to the environmental changes that will result from climate change and increased human activity in the ocean. 

Adapted from “Institute for Ocean Literacy”