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Ocean Life: A Research Starters Activity

The perfect starting point for students writing about the scientific study of oceans, Scholastic offers all the resources, tips, and ideas they need.


3–5, 6–8, 9–12

Activity Type

  • Activities and Games

Created with Grolier Online, Scholastic’sResearch Starters: Ocean Lifegives students a jump-start on their research papers about ocean exploration.


In addition to a brief introduction on the history of oceanography, students will find a glossary of terms to know, and links to 10 articles on related subjects, including Jacques Yves Cousteau, deep-sea diving, and the ocean and sea.


Scholastic also culled the Web and found 32 useful, informative sites relating to oceanography, including:


  • Oceans Alive!: Online exhibit on oceanography geared to middle school students. Covers physical features, geological history, hydrologic cycle, marine life, and research. Includes maps, photos, graphs, and satellite images. From the Museum of Science in Boston.
  • Deepest Ocean Creatures: Images and descriptions of fish from some of the deepest known habitats. Includes definitions of the ocean zones and links to other deep-sea and marine-biology pages. Maintained by Extreme Science.
  • Marine Biology Web Page: Marine Biology Web page supplements Prof. Jeffrey Levinton's course at SUNY-Stony Brook. Includes hierarchically arranged reference lists, links to marine laboratories offering courses and internships, tide information, glossary of terms, and more.


Susan Cheyney

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