Ocean Literacy

How are we connected to the ocean and why is it so important? Investigate the seven principles of ocean literacy, which includes understanding the features of the ocean and discovering the fascinating organisms living within it. Learn how humans influence our one big ocean while also depending on it, whether you live by the sea or hundreds of miles from it. So far, we have only explored about five percent of the ocean. Imagine what mysteries and surprises still await intrepid aquanauts.

Appropriate grade range: 4+

Learning Goals

  • Analyze the seven essential principles that explain fundamental concepts about the ocean, including physical and living components, local and global effects, human connections, and discovery.
  • Discuss how we can make informed and responsible decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.


  1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features
  2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth
  3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate
  4. The ocean made Earth habitable.
  5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
  6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.
  7. The ocean is largely unexplored.

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Objectives for each Chapter

Alignment to NGSS

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