Marine Institute

Competition Teacher Resources

The following lesson plans and resources have been developed to provide teachers with some guidance in creating a pop art poster and creative story for the ocean super hero competition.

S.P.H.E. LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

MYSELF - My Super Powers All about me and the Sea

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to develop their own ideas about who they are, what they value, as well as their connections with actively caring for the ocean and the marine environment. Using techniques through picture language, the children will gather pictures, photographs and word art to create their own picture portfolio highlighting what they love about the ocean and what is important to them and why.

S.P.H.E. LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

MYSELF and OTHERS - Developing the 9 R's for the Ocean

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to develop their own ideas about who they are, what they value and how they can actively care for their marine environment individually, with their friends and at home. The children will work together to learn about the effects climate change is having on the ocean. Through conducting surveys and questionnaires, the children will review what their friends do and what is being done at home in relation to being environmentally aware and engaged in caring for the ocean. By reviewing the 9 R’s the children will create a poster campaign highlighting how the R’s can be implemented by themselves, their friends and at home. This may also be extended to include the school community identifying how other classes are using the 9 R’s.

S.P.H.E. LESSON PLAN

5th - 6th Class

MYSELF AND THE WIDER WORLD – Understanding the effects on climate change around the world

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to develop their confidence about who they are, what they value and how they can actively care for their marine environment individually, as well as at school, with their wider communities at a local, national and internationally. The children will work together creating a media portfolio learning about the effects climate change is having on the ocean and how this is affecting other people in other communities in Ireland, Europe and internationally.

GEOGRAPHY LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

PEOPLE AND PLACES - OCEAN LEADERS, CHAMPIONS AND HEROES WALL PROJECT

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to develop ideas and discuss issues of concern relating to how climate change is effecting the ocean near Ireland and other parts of the world. The children will develop a sense of place and space in Ireland and the world, investigating the wide range of people that are involved in raising awareness and creating solutions to address the issues of Climate Change.

ENGLISH LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

MIND MAP AND WORD WALL - CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE OCEAN

Using mind mapping and creating an ocean word wall, the children will develop an understanding of the language and new words associated with climate change and the ocean.

ENGLISH LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

CREATIVE WRITING - PLANNING A SUPER HERO STORY

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to use their imagination to help share and discuss their ideas and solutions to the issues relating to climate change and how it is effecting the ocean. The planning session and sheets will provide the children the skills to brainstorm and develop their ideas about a super hero and the class can work together to care for our ocean.

EXPLORERS OCEAN SUPER HERO STORY PLANNING SHEET

The Planning Sheet resource can be copied for the children to use to develop the concepts for their story about the Ocean Super Hero.

ENGLISH LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

DEVELOPING WRITING STYLES – USING PARAGRAPHS TO CREATE AN OCEAN SUPER HERO

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to work collectively to develop their writing skills. The children will develop expository & explanatory, descriptive, narrative, and persuasive paragraphs to bring their ocean super hero to life.

ENGLISH LESSON PLAN

3rd - 6th Class

CREATIVE WRITING - CREATING DIALOGUE - SUPER HERO CHARACTERS SAVE THE OCEAN

The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to develop ideas and discuss issues of concern relating to how climate change is effecting the ocean. The children will work in pairs or teams to develop dialogue in a creative story of how their super hero battles against Climate Change to Save the Ocean.

EXPLORERS CREATE AN OCEAN HERO COMIC BOOK TEMPLATE

As part of the creative writing exercise, the teacher may like to use the Comic Book Template as resource. This may be for the children to use to further illustrate their stories.

SCIENCE AND GEOGRAPHY LESSON PLANS

Additional science and geography lesson plans about climate change can be viewed at the Explorers Lesson Plans section of this website.

Strand: Energy and Forces
Strand Unit:
Heat / Forces
Ocean Currents and Water Density
The aim of the lesson plan is for the children to learn about water density and what causes ocean currents. The children will become familiar with the features and movement of currents as well as understand the effects of currents on the planet (e.g. how the ocean affects our climate and weather). 
* Note: These experiments can be conducted over a course of study.

Strand: Materials
Strand Unit: Properties and Characteristics of Materials
Flood Defences
Children will explore and experiment with the properties and characteristics of a variety of materials in making a structure based on the theme of creating a flood defence.  The children will use their scientific, engineering and mathematical skills.

You may also like to view the following links:

NASA's CLIMATE KIDS EYES ON THE EARTH:

The NASA's Climate Kids Eyes on the Earth website provides an excellent resource for guiding students through the questions relating to climate change including:

1.     What is Climate Change?
2.     Why is Carbon Important to the planet?
3.     What is the Green House effect?
4.     How do we know the climate is changing?
5.     What is happening to the Ocean?
6.     What else do we need to find out?

CLIMATE CHANGE POSTERS, FACTS AND THE U.N. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS 13 & 14:

The Explorers SDG posters and the Explorers Climate Change Facts and Solutions are available to download for your class.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals 13 and 14 provide information and facts relating to Climate Action and Life Under Water

MARINE INSTITUTE:

The Marine Institute supports a number of areas relating to the research of the marine environment and of climate change.  See Marine Climate Change for more information.  You can also learn about some of the Marine Institute’s marine technology, equipment and research vessels that is used to monitor the effects of climate change in the ocean.

The Research Vessels RV Celtic Explorer, RV Celtic Voyager and the ROV Holland I are used by researchers and scientists to collect data about Ireland’s marine ecosystem and biodiversity. The data collected is used for monitoring the long-term effects of climate change on the ocean.

Learn more about the Marine Institute’s Argo Floats programme. The Argo Floats are used to collect data about the ocean temperature and salinity levels of the ocean.  This is important in learning about how climate change is effecting the ocean all around the world.

The Marine Institute’s Irish Marine Data Buoy Network includes 5 offshore buoys, which are deployed around the Irish coast. These monitor weather and oceanographic conditions in real-time. This also provides vital information about how the ocean effects our climate.

Also see the Marine Institute’s Powtoons showing the career profiles of oceanographers Caroline Cusack and Triona McGrath.  They have both worked on expeditions involving research relating to Climate Change.

Summary version of Ocean and Ecosystem Climate Status Report is suitable for teachers to develop an understanding of the work the Marine Institute has been involved in relating to collecting data relating to climate change.

OTHER AGENCIES:
  • See the short videos produced by Met Éireann’s work on Climate Change. In this series of three short videos, Met Éireann’s shows its work in measuring our past and current climate, as well as our role in helping to predict Ireland’s future climate. Met Éireann highlight the cooperation that is required at a national, European and international level when it comes to climate science.