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Ocean Exploration: Exploring Explorations
This lesson serves as an introduction to the discoveries and benefits that have resulted from exploration of the Earth's deep oceans. Students will be able to describe at least three human benefits from and identify separate examples of deep ocean exploration. All of the lessons emphasize hands-on activities using online data resources, and each inquiry-based activity includes focus questions, learning objectives, teaching time, background information, evaluations and extensions, as well as resources and student handouts.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
    • Chemical oceanography
    • Physical oceanography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. This website is maintained by NOAA's National Ocean Service.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-597
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Change, constancy, and measurement
      • C - Life science:
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
        • Molecular basis of heredity
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Abilities of technological design
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service