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Online Learning Resources

Splash Lab at Home

Ocean-related science activities to do at home.

Ocean Acidification

Water Density

Coral Comics

Learn what it means to be a marine biologist and how to draw ocean creatures from this Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

Classroom Activities

HabCam Education and Outreach Activities
The Habitat Mapping Camera (HabCam) is a tool that provides a unique glimpse at the seafloor through optical imaging.

How noise pollution impacts communication in whales and dolphins
This K-12 activity is a PowerPoint presentation about the effect of noise pollution on marine mammal communication and is suitable for a wide range of grade levels. Students will learn about the kinds of noise pollution in the ocean and some examples of marine mammal vocalizations. Then, we overlay anthropogenic noise to demonstrate how the vocalizations can be masked, which can limit the ability of marine mammals to communicate. Lastly, we sonified student names by assigning a pitch for each letter of the alphabet so that students can hear names in this way and how some can be masked by noise more than others. The activity is suitable for visually impaired students as the focus is on the sense of sound.

Ocean Acidification Lab Activities (pdf)
Hands-on classroom activities for grades 5-12 to understand the science behind ocean acidification.

Science Kits from the Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE)
C-MORE science kits offer lesson plans and materials for hands-on science activities for grades 3-12 in a self-contained format. The Ocean Carbon and Biogeochemistry group at WHOI hosts the following kits which are available for teachers to borrow: Ocean Acidification, Ocean Conveyor Belt, and Marine Mystery.

Woods Hole Sea Grant NOAA Live! Webinar series
These webinars are 45 minutes long with live ASL interpretation, aimed at grades 2-8, and offer live Q&A with the students.  Archived webinars with Spanish subtitles can be found on our YouTube playlist. A teacher can sign up and then share the link with their students to logon.


Teacher Packets

Information packets containing a variety of information about WHOI, its vessels and vehicles, and ocean research are available to teachers at no charge for an individual packet. Educators will also find information on professional development workshops and class visits to WHOI's Exhibit Center.

To request your Information Packet, contact:

WHOI Information Office
MS #16, 93 Water Street
Woods Hole, MA 02543
Phone: (508) 289-2252
Fax: (508) 457-2034

Ocean Explorer Magazine

WHOI Ocean Explorer magazine downloadsDesigned for students in grades 4-8 in the 1990's,these Ocean Explorer magazines combine compelling descriptions of ocean sciences with vivid images.

Books & Posters at the WHOI Store


Books and posters from the WHOI Store.

Ocean-related books for several grade levels, and posters featuring the ocean are available through the WHOI Store.