University of Oregon

Open Ocean – Fifth Grade

Photo Credit: Trish Mace

Photo Credit: Trish Mace

There is no end to the study of the open ocean! Use the lessons below to create currents, observe upwelling, and learn about the links between the ocean and weather. Learn about plate tectonics and undersea volcanoes, earthquakes and tsunamis. Model an ocean bottom and create topographic maps. Examine life in the sea from tiny plankton to whales, and from the sunlit surface to the dark depths. Learn about hydrothermal vents and life based on chemosynthesis. Study ocean food webs, natural selection, and the many forms and uses of bioluminescence. Dissect squid, and put together a whale skeleton. Examine the impacts and complexities of pollution and over fishing, and learn how we can better care for this vast area that makes up most of our planet.

MARE lessons (Teacher’s Guide to Open Ocean, GEMS/ MARE Only One Ocean, GEMS/MARE Ocean Currents)
Apples and Oceans                       Ocean Routes
Planet Ocean: Global Exploration   Message in a Bottle
Waste Disposal                             Squids: Inside & Out
Current Trends                              Great Plankton Race
Layering Liquids                            Whale with Class
Ice Cubes Demonstration              Build an Open Ocean


Bottom Topography

Light in the Deep Sea, PPT

Color of Shrimp PPT

Ocean Zonation & Deep Sea Creatures

Bioluminescence, PPT

Hydrothermal Vents, PPT

Growing Up in the Ocean, complex life cycles*
*first publication occurred in Science Activities, Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, 46(4)

Plankton and Microscopes

Plankton Diversity PPT

Plankton Adaptations PPT

Brine Shrimp Inquiry, PPT

Jellies, PPT

Cetacean Introduction, PPT

ID Whales: Dichotomous Key

Whale Communication

Whale Skeleton, PPT

Open Ocean Food Web

Field Inquiry: Jellies

Unit Summary

Field Journal

NSFThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Nos. 0338153 and 0638731. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.