Curricula & Activities

Power of pH
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
Classroom activity for grades 9-12 where students compare pH of fresh water and seawater, and create solutions of varying pH range.
Calculate your Carbon Footprint
Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation
Activity of grades 6 to adult, activity has students learn about greenhouse gases and climate change, and guides them in the use of an online carbon footprint calculator to quantify own CO2 emissions.
Climate Change & Coral Activities
NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Simple classroom experiments for teachers on ocean acidification (using dry ice), thermal expansion, and rising sea.
Ocean Osteoporosis
NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Program
Slideshow (38 slides, PDF) on OA, how it might affect mariline life, and linking it to human activity and ways to reduce it. Includes photo sequence of dissolution experiments with abalone shells and corals. Lesson plan for grades 5-8th for experiment.
Ocean Acidification
Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE), School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, University of Hawaii
A teacher kit (PDF, 40pgs, grades 6-12) with two lesson plans that familiarizes students with the causes and consequences of ocean acidification. Lesson 1 includes a simple hands-on experiment, a short PowerPoint, and optional readings with worksheets. In Lesson 2, students conduct a more in-depth experiment with electronic probes to simulate the process of ocean acidification. A pre- and post- survey is included. Each lesson will require approximately an hour.Narrated slideshow that accompanies lesson plans is available below. (Lab kit may be requested for teachers in Hawaii, Oregon, California and Massachusetts at
OA ֠Will The Reefs Survive?
Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE), School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, University of Hawaii
A 7-min narrated slideshow introducing the topic of OA and how it affects corals, along with steps for a lab experiment using yeast to simulate increased acidity conditions in air and water. (Full-screen Presentation mode in slideshow will start narration ֠slides will advance automatically along with narration.)