Teachers’ Resources

Ocean World Teachers’ Resource
Age Range: Learners age 8 – 12
Authors: Gloria Barnett and Andrew Lamb

Everything you need to teach about the oceans

Young or old, we all need to fully understand the importance of the oceans to our life here on Earth.
The Ocean World Resource Pack has been specifically designed to enable teachers to address the issues facing the health of our oceans. Packed full of cross-curricular activities, videos, games, posters, books and of course essential teacher guidance, this box will help your pupils understand, respect, value and help protect our oceans.
Whether you approach the subject as a cross-curricular project or as individual topics for more focused investigation, this pack ensures that you have everything you need to teach about our Ocean with confidence and encourage your pupils to become environmentally responsible young people.
The box contains:
• Teacher’s notes
• Book ‘The Amazing World Beneath the Waves’
• Posters x 2
• Snap Cards
• Water Cycle Cards
• 8 Activities; Ocean World, Exploring the Deep, The Importance of Water, What lives in the Ocean? Food Chains, Marine Adaptations, Ocean Habitats, Ocean Pollution
• ‘Ambassador for the Ocean’ Certificate
The FREE downloadable resources are:
• Film Guide
• Film Clips; Corals, Invertebrates, Fish, Reptiles, Birds, Mammals
• Powerpoint files for all 8 activities.

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Ocean World Resource Pack – with FREE video and resource downloads

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Feel free to use the following information sheets.    They are free to use for schools, education and personal learning. If you’d like to use these or any of Gloria’s work in a commercial setting please contact her first – gloria@worldbeneaththewaves.com


Bigger than any dinosaur, Blue Whales frequent cold and temperate waters. They are air breathing mammals and come to the surface to breathe through a blow hole.

They are warm blooded mammals, and just like humans they give birth to live young, and suckle their young using mammary glands.

Blue Whales are the largest animal on the planet. They can live up to 90 years, measure up to 30 metres, and weigh up to 200 tonnes.

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Submarine sonars have recorded Sperm Whales at over 2.5 km down which would mean nearly 30 minutes of diving straight down. To do these exceptional dives the Sperm Whale has to hold its breath from 90 minutes to over 2 hours.

Sperm Whales dive many times a day eating hundreds of giant squid from the deep ocean.

Sperm Whales are the undisputed champions of free diving. They are the deepest diving, air breathing creature on earth.

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Jellyfish have no bony skeletons so are called invertebrates.   Jellyfish keep their shape by taking in water , and their bodies can be 95% water.

Many, but not all, jellyfish have defensive stinging tentacles called nemocysts.   When Jellyfish are in contact with their predator (or an unfortunate human being) pressure builds inside their bodies which explodes at over 14,000kPa (that’s a lot of pressure).  The venomous sting is pushed into the victim by a lance type structure on the tentacles.

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An Octopus is an invertebrate – which means that it does not have a backbone.   It is a member of a group of animals called cephalopods.

The lack of skeleton in this animal allows it to squeeze into tiny holes in coral reefs where it hides from its predators. Octopuses are also experts at camouflage and can change colour to match the colour of their surroundings.

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Turtles are shelled reptiles which inhabit most oceans. There are seven species – Leatherback, Green, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Olive Ridley, and Flatback.  Sea turtles have been on Earth for over 100 million years.

All turtles are ectotherms (commonly called cold- blooded) where their internal body temperature is controlled by their environment.  Most turtles are found in tropical seas as the warmth of the water raises their body temperature and they can become more active. They take in oxygen by coming to the surface to breathe, but can stay underwater for long periods – up to 6 hours.   They can slow down their heart rate and use less oxygen when sleeping in the crevices of coral reefs.

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