A program of the Lawrence Hall of Science that seeks to increase ocean literacy through informal and formal education initiatives
Marine Activities, Resources & Education

Resource Materials — Open Ocean

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Step Into Classics)

Resource Type: Book

The classic in an abridged version. Jumps right into the action as Captain Nemo has captured Professor Aronnax and his friends aboard the Nautilus. Illustrated throughout.

Author: Jules Verne (Adapted by Judith Conaway)

Illustrator: Gino D'Achille

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0394853334

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

A Guide to the World of the Jellyfish

Resource Type: Book

Meet the megaplankton! Although some jellies may be over 50 feet in length, they are still plankton: drifters or weak swimmers at the mercy of tides and currents. Beautiful photos and detailed illustrations bring these living works of art up close.

Author: Eileen Campbell

Illustrator: Andrea McCann

Publisher: Monterey Bay Aquarium

ISBN: 1878244086

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

A Swim Through the Sea

Resource Type: Book

An A to Z exploration of ocean life both familiar and unexpected. Can be used as an early elementary ABC book or as a inviting reference for fifth grade. Beautiful watercolor illustrations have a "near-batik" quality.

Author: Kristin Joy Pratt

Illustrator: Kristin Joy Pratt

Publisher: Dawn Publications

ISBN: 1883220041

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

A Symphony of Whales

Resource Type: Book

Glashka is the only one in her village who can hear the voice of Narna, the whale. That gift leads her to great responsibility one day, when she discovers thousands of whales trapped in an inlet. The narrow route to the sea is rapidly icing over, and every day ice covers more of the open water the whales need to breathe. There seems to be no way out.... This story, based on an actual event, tells of a dramatic rescue-a tale of bravery and the power of music.

Author: Steve Schuch

Illustrator: Peter Sylvada

Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers

ISBN: 0152016708

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Barrier Breakers

Resource Type: Book

Magellan, Pankhust, and Mandela - how their ideas, courage, and actions have changed the world.

Author: Ian Rohr

Publisher: Sundance Publishing Co

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 8

Bill Nye the Science Guy's Big Blue Ocean

Resource Type: Book

Make a tsunami in your bathtub! OK, so it’s only a little tsunami, but it’s still a fun way to learn about the ocean and sea life. Witty Bill Nye helps children explore marine biology through lively descriptions, silly pictures, and offbeat experiments to try at home or school with basketballs, balloons, and squid (or a reasonable facsimile).

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Author: Bill Nye and Ian J. Saunders

Publisher: National Science Teachers Association

ISBN: 978-0-78684-221-6

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 8

Vendor 1: NSTA Publications

California Coastal Byways: Backcountry Drives for the Whole Family

Resource Type: Book

50 of California's best adventure roads on the coast.

From the publisher: Thanks to the modern sport-utility vehicle, motoring through California's spectacular and varied wildlands is now as much for Buffy as Bubba. Whether you're a footloose single, family with young children or a vagabonding retiree, you can use the off-highway travel capabilities built into your SUV to comfortably and safely explore the backcountry byways of California's coastal mountains more easily than ever before. Happy trails!

Author: Tony Huegel

Publisher: Wilderness Press

ISBN: 0899972829

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Call it Courage

Resource Type: Book

Based on a Polynesian legend, this chapter book for older students tells the story of a young boy who overcomes his fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his tribe. The story illustrates his culture’s connection to the ocean. The whole story or selected passages could be read aloud to early elementary students. Newbery medal winner.

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Author: Armstrong Sperry

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 0-553-47887-7

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Coral Reefs

Resource Type: Book

Dr. Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and oceans ambassador extraordinaire is the author of this colorful picture book on coral reefs. The reading level and illustrations are low for seventh graders, but the book is packed with outstanding factual information, a fun at-home experiment, and lovely illustrations.

Author: Dr. Sylvia A. Earle

Illustrator: Bonnie Matthews

Publisher: National Geographic Society

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 7

Divers of the Deep Sea

Resource Type: Book

Windows on Literacy Fluent Plus readers provide engaging text and strong visuals. These beginning chapter books develop and reinforce practical skills and strategies that students need to successfully read, comprehend, and respond to informational texts.

This book looks at inventions that allow divers to explore deep below the surface of the ocean.

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Publisher: National Geographic School Publishing

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 2

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: National Geographic School Publishing

Dolphins

Resource Type: Book

Incredible photographs by talented cetacean photographer specialists such as Michael S. Nolan and Todd Pusser will be appreciated by both students and teachers. Photographs of over 16 species of dolphins and an easy-to-understand explanation of what a dolphin is make this book a wonderful introduction for younger students to an often misunderstood group of mammals.

Author: Sylvia M. James

Illustrator: Michael S. Nolan and Todd Pusser

Publisher: Mondo Publications

ISBN: 1-59034-010-8

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Don't Blink Now!: Capturing the Hidden World of Sea Creatures

Resource Type: Book

From School Library Journal: Grade 4-7-- Two attractive volumes that have high visual impact and are good reads as well. Don't Blink Now! concentrates on things in the undersea world that happen too quickly or far too slowly for human observers to see. Through technological advances in underwater photography, these high-speed or slow-motion happenings can be captured and timed to show startling and dangerous events. Accompanied by a readable explanatory text, excellent full-color photos (many in sequence) present vivid vignettes of creatures stalking prey, eluding predators, and sometimes becoming entrees. However, the brief look at nesting gentoo penguins seems oddly out of place. Avid viewers of TV nature programs are well aware of the bright, colorful world of the sunlit coral reef, but few have seen a Night Reef , when daytime inhabitants hide and new actors take the stage, many with excellent nocturnal vision. Superb color photos enrich a clear, informative text creating a picture window into this extraordinary, dark seascape. Endpaper maps indicate world-wide coral reef distribution. Aesthetically pleasing, mentally stimulating, and functional to boot.

Author: Ann Downer

Publisher: Franklin Watts Publishing

ISBN: 0531152251

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Earth: The Water Planet

Resource Type: Book

Designed for middle-level Earth science teachers, Earth: The Water Planet explains how to use readily available materials and a variety of instructional methods to investigate how water shapes our planet and daily lives. Included are hands-on experiments challenging you to purify swamp-water, conservation-oriented activities showing how much water is wasted by a dripping faucet, and a role-playing activity in which students present opposing arguments at a town meeting.

Author: Jack Gartrell

Publisher: National Science Teachers Association

ISBN: 0873550838

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Encantado: Pink Dolphin of the Amazon

Resource Type: Book

The world of freshwater dolphins is under-appreciated by most humans. This engaging work captures in detail the important role this mammal plays in its environment. The book is unique in exploring how humans and dolphins affect each other and in shedding light on how biologists do their work. Index, Supplemental Resources.

Author: Sy Montgomery

Illustrator: Dianne Taylor-Snow

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ISBN: 0-618-13103-5

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 6

Maximum Grade: 12

Exploring the Titanic

Resource Type: Book

Describes the large luxury liner which sank in 1912 and the discovery and exploration of its underwater wreckage by author Bob Ballard. Excellent.

Author: Robert D. Ballard

Publisher: Scott Foresman Publishers

ISBN: 0590419528

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Following the Coast

Resource Type: Book

See the eastern coastline of the United States through the eyes of the author, who is a naturalist, fisher-man, boatman, and avid wildlife watcher. Arnosky’s sparkling illustrations and vivid descriptions will transport the reader to the seaside. Introduction.

Author: Jim Arnosky

Illustrator: Jim Arnosky

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

ISBN: 0-688-17118-4

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Fossil Fish Found Alive: Discovering the Coelacanth

Resource Type: Book

The coelacanth is a prehistoric fish that existed millions of years before dinosaurs walked the Earth. These fish have remained virtually unchanged over the millions of years of their existence. This is a story of the first discovery as well as subsequent discoveries of these ancient fish. It is about the author’s quest to answer many questions, with each answer raising new questions. Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Major Coelacanth Discoveries (map), Timeline, Web-sites.

Author: Sally M. Walker

Publisher: Carolrhoda Books

ISBN: 1-57505-536-8

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Gigi: a baby whale borrowed for science and returned to the sea

Resource Type: Book

An account of a gray whale calf taken from its mother for study in a sheltered environment before being returned to the sea.

Author: Eleanor Coerr

Publisher: Penguin Group, Inc.

ISBN: 0399205586

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Gray Whales

Resource Type: Book

Monterey Bay Aquarium Natural History Series. Documents the Gray Whales' annual coastal migration from the Bering Sea to Baja California. An excellent resource for teachers and students with accurate, accessible content and high quality photos and illustrations.

Author: David G. Gordon & Alan Baldridge

Publisher: Monterey Bay Aquarium

ISBN: 1878244043

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Powell's Books

How the Sea Began: A Taino Myth

Resource Type: Book

A clever hunter, a great storm, and four mischievous, hungry boys remake the face of the earth by creating the sea and the Lesser Antilles islands, in a vivid retelling of an ancient Taino (Puerto Rican Indian)legend. This unusual legend provides an interesting read-aloud as well as a cultural lesson.

Author: George Crespo

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ISBN: 0395630339

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

I Wonder If I'll See a Whale

Resource Type: Book

From Amazon.com: Readers will delight in a book that captures the excitement of a face-to-face meeting with a humpback whale. Stunning paintings and expressive prose introduce the awesome mystery of whale watching in this near-perfect collaboration between author and illustrator. A compelling, satisfying adventure story respectful of the power of nature and the kinship between humans and animals. -- School Library Journal, starred review

Author: Frances Ward Weller

Illustrator: Ted Lewin

Publisher: Penguin Group, Inc.

ISBN: 0399214747

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 8

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

In the Swim

Resource Type: Book

"There are uglier fish than a blenny-- But not many..." That's just the start of one of 21 creative and imaginative poems focusing on a variety of ocean creatures. A fantastic literature and poetry connection accompanied with whimsical water-colored illustrations makes this a good read out-loud or student reader.

Author: Douglas Florian

Publisher: Voyager Books

ISBN: 0152024379

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Invertebrates

Resource Type: Book

This is a current survey of the 34 animal phyla and serves as both a college course text and an excellent reference on invertebrate biology. It is organized around the themes of body plans and evolution (phylogenetics).

Author: Richard Brusca and Gary Brusca

Illustrator: Nancy Haver

Publisher: SINAUER ASSOCIATES INCORPORATED

ISBN: 0878930973

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Island of the Blue Dolphins

Resource Type: Book

Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Native American girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life. Interwoven are descriptions of the island, of fish and ocean vegetation, animals and plants. The way she interacts with nature to survive, hunt, build shelter, and design clothing, both as she had been taught by her people and as she develops her own technological and artistic skills, is a particularly strong aspect of the book.

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Author: Scott O'Dell

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ISBN: 0440439884

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Just a Dream

Resource Type: Book

When he has a dream about a future Earth devastated by pollution, Walter begins to understand the importance of taking care of the environment. Unique and evocative pictures of what our future may hold provide the powerful backdrop as young Walter becomes enlightened and changes his thinking and actions.

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Author: Chris Van Allburg

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ISBN: 0395533082

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Life

Resource Type: Book

DK Eyewitness series book investigates life on earth, cellular organization and mechanics, reproduction, evolution, and how scientists organize and make sense of the diversity. A great teacher and student reference.

Author: David Burnie

Publisher: DK Publishing

ISBN: 078944884X

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Life in the Sea

Resource Type: Book

An introductory survey of the fish, reptiles, birds, mammals, and plants that live in or near the ocean.

Author: Jennifer Coldrey

Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing

ISBN: 0531183602

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Marine and Estuarine Ecology

Resource Type: Book

This book is written at a high school level, but can be used as a reference by teachers in a number of habitats.

A high school textbook and workbook introducing marine and estuarine ecology, marine habitats, and the diversity of marine animals and plants.

Author: Bobby N. Irby

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

ISBN: 0878052011

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 9

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Marine Biology

Resource Type: Book

Kids go on a whale watch, dive for jelly animals, visit a salt marsh estuary--and they don't have to live near the ocean to set up their own salt-water aquarium or an environment for hermit crabs. Includes directions for making fish-print T-shirts. Part of the Children's School of Science series. Almost 200 color photos.

Author: Ellen Doris, Len Rubenstein

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 0500190070

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Marine Mammals of the Eastern North Pacific

Resource Type: Book

A concise and comprehensive waterproof guide that works well inside a classroom or while on a field trip. The incredibly detailed illustrations allow for quick and accurate identification of the whales, seals and sea lions of the Eastern North Pacific waters. Guide also includes a photo key and glossary for common visible marine mammal behaviors.

Author: Pieter Folkens

Illustrator: Pieter Folkens

Publisher: Monterey Bay Whale Watch

ISBN: 1-892710-00-5

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Oceanic Society Expeditions

Naturescope: Amazing Mammals Part I

Resource Type: Book

Author: Judy Braus

Publisher: National Wildlife Federation

ISBN: 0945051298

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Ocean Explorations

Resource Type: Book

Great mysteries are still hidden many leagues beneath the sea. Join three bold undersea explorers—Jacques Cousteau, Robert Ballard, and Sylvia Earle—as they dare the ocean's depths to bring its secrets to the surface.

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Publisher: Newbridge Educational Publishing

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Newbridge Educational Publishing

Ocean Explorers

Resource Type: Book

From the earliest voyages of the Vikings through to a solo trip around the world, Ocean Explorers presents the history of sea exploration and discovery of lands. The text is richly supported by detailed maps.

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Publisher: Rigby

ISBN: 0757857736

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Rigby

Octopus and Squid

Resource Type: Book

Monterey Bay Aquarium Natural History Series. Discover the amazing variety of octopus, squid and cuttlefish. An excellent resource for teachers with accurate, accessible content and high quality illustrations and photos.

Author: James C. Hunt

Publisher: Monterey Bay Aquarium

ISBN: 1878244167

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

One Night in the Coral Sea

Resource Type: Book

This book takes the reader on a “field trip” along the Great Barrier Reef. As you progress along your journey, you are able to observe the diversity of living things on the reef and examine the coral’s life cycle. This book contains beautiful illustrations and interesting information about this natural wonder. Glossary, Index.

Author: Sneed B. Collard

Illustrator: Robin Brickman

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1-57091-389-7

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Origami Sea Life

Resource Type: Book

llustrated instruction book features 38 unusual subjects, from simple to complex, each graded for difficulty. Sailfish, tadpole, killer whale, bay barnacle, dolphin, horseshoe crab, barracuda, blue crab, American lobster and many more. Step-by-step instructions, notes on animals, technique of wet folding, much more. Over 2,400 black-and-white illustrations. Teachers who enjoy paper-folding or would like to learn can use these figures very effectively in storytelling and presenting information to children: most children will be extremely attentive while someone is showing them an origami fiddler crab, or giant cla, or the very complex and impressive blackdevil angler! But any who are inteding to do these figures in front of a class had bette practice, they aren't easy!

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Author: John Montroll and Robert J. Lang

Publisher: Dover Publications

ISBN: 0486267652

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 6

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Parent Partners: Workshops to Foster School/Home/Family Partnerships

Resource Type: Book

Especially designed for educators and activist parents seeking to increase parental involvement in their children's education. The variety of tools in this book educate parents about current approaches in science and mathematics education and about the enormous positive educational impact parents can make.

Author: Jacqueline Barber

Publisher: Lawrence Hall of Science

ISBN: 0924886544

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Lawrence Hall of Science GEMS

People and the Sea

Resource Type: Book

Today, of all the places on Earth, the sea holds the most opportunities for discovery. Less than 1% of the ocean floor has been explored! Learn more about how people work on, play at, and explore the sea.
Reading Focus: Recognizing cause-and-effect paragraphs
Writing Focus: Revising a draft paragraph into cause-and-effect structure

Publisher: Newbridge Educational Publishing

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 2

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Newbridge Educational Publishing

Polluting the Sea

Resource Type: Book

After an introduction concerning the importance of the oceans, short chapters cogently describe particular types of pollution, their causes, and their detrimental effects. Mention is made of overpopulation and the difficulty in enforcing laws. Worldwide examples are included, emphasizing that this is an international problem. The text is clear and brief, with supporting material in the full-color photographs and their captions, which take up most of each two-page spread. The definitions in the glossary are exceptionally intelligible. Readers are encouraged to recycle, support environmental groups (three addresses are listed), write to legislators, and make posters.

Author: Tony Hare

Publisher: Gloucester Press

ISBN: 0531172902

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 8

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography

Resource Type: Book

An EdPress Award winner.

Immerse your students in Earth’s most abundant resource--water. Embark on a voyage of discovery as you steer your students through activities designed to teach them about currents, waves, and tides. From an understanding of the properties that make water unique, your students will get a global view of the marine environment, including the impact of human activities on the oceans.

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Author: P. Sean Smith and Brent A. Ford

Publisher: National Science Teachers Association

ISBN: 978-0-87355-130-4

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: NSTA Publications

Secrets of Sound: Studying the Calls and Songs of Whales, Elephants and Birds (Scientists in the Field series)

Resource Type: Book

Describes bioacoustic research and its contribution to animal behavioral science. A vivid portrayal of the ways of scientists: their zest for discovery; their collaborations with scientists in many disciplines; their awe and wonder of the natural world; and their recognition of problems that threaten populations and their efforts at conservation. Bibliography, Glossary, Index, Student Research Opportunities.

Author: April Pulley Sayre

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co.

ISBN: 0-618-01514-0

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 8

Siwiti: A Whale's Story

Resource Type: Book

The true story of Siwiti, an orca born in the Pacific Northwest. The book tells the story of her life from her birth onward. While reading, one learns about the lifestyle of orcas - hunting, family relationships, and just daily survival. As Siwiti discovers new things, the reader gains an insight along with her into orca life.

Author: Alexandra Morton

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

ISBN: 0920501974

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Sukey and the Mermaid

Resource Type: Book

Great science can be taught by addressing misconceptions. And mermaids are one of the biggest ocean misconceptions for children. This wonderful folktale woven from West African, Caribbean and American heritage allows you to discuss fact and fiction through storytelling.
Based on an African-American folktale from South Carolina, this is the story of Sukey, befriended by Mama Jo the mermaid, and sheltered from her stepfather’s ill-treatment in Mama Jo’s sea home. Much of the story, which has a happy ending, takes place along the sandy beach that fringes Sukey’s island home. Illustrated in beautifully executed, colorful scratchboard, this book would work well as a self-reader or a read aloud.

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Author: Robert D. San Souci

Illustrator: Brian Pinkney

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 0027781410

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Tentacles: The Amazing World of Octopus, Squid and Their Relatives

Resource Type: Book

This account of the cephalopods – octopus, squid, nautilus and cuttlefish – begin with the exciting account of a giant squid which, in 1872, dragged a ship below the surface of the sea, killing all on board. And throughout, the text combines exciting writing with factual information, describing hidden octopus watching scuba divers, squid moving “like living missiles” the vampire squid whose appearance resembles Dracula’s cape, the cuttlefish as quick-change artist. Many excellent close-up color photographs combine with the well-written text to produce a book irresistible to young readers. There is a brief glossary, but some terms may need additional explanation. Sections of this would make a good read-aloud.

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Author: James Martin

Publisher: Knopf

ISBN: 0517591499

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Atlas of Oceans

Resource Type: Book

The Atlas Of Oceans is a superbly presented guide to the world's oceans and covers how they work and where they are in the world, from currents and waves to different depths and attempts to explore the world's oceans. Geography and science classes will find The Atlas Of Oceans very useful for the elementary grade students with its many photos and an alluring narrative structure.

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Author: Linda Sonntag

ISBN: 0761322809

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands: Region of Wonders

Resource Type: Book

This richly illustrated book unveils the mystery and wonder of the vast Bering Sea region, from the shores of Alaska, along the volcanic stretch of the Aleutian Islands, to the Russian coast. Author Terry Johnson tells how the biological and physical worlds above and below the sea meld to form a complex and rich natural environment. The book also covers history, and present-day efforts to manage the abundant natural resources.

Author: Terry Johnson

Publisher: Alaska Sea Grant

ISBN: 1-56612-081-0

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Alaska Sea Grant

The Case of the Missing Cutthroats: An Ecological Mystery

Resource Type: Book

After Spinner Shafter catches a cutthroat trout in the Snake River, she and her cousin Alligator search the nearby mountains to determine where the endangered fish came from and how it survived. The author has written several other worthwhile ecological mysteries including Who Really Killed Cock Robin? and The Missing ’gator of Gumbo Limbo.

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Author: Jean Craighead George

Illustrator: Suzanne Duranceau

Publisher: HarperTrophy

ISBN: 0064406474

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

Resource Type: Book

The many different animals that live in a great kapok tree in the Brazilian rainforest try to convince a man with an ax of the importance of not cutting down their home. Although this picture book is meant for a younger audience, it is useful to demonstrate that in the same way one tree in a forest is important to many other animals, one species in the ocean—like squid—are important to many other species in the ocean.

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Author: Lynne Cherry

Publisher: Voyager Books

ISBN: 0152026142

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 4

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Gulf of Alaska: Biology and Oceanography

Resource Type: Book

The findings of expert researchers have been successfully brought together in this book on the science of the Gulf of Alaska, a productive ecosystem hard hit by the 1989 oil spill. The U.S. National Research Council rated the core parts of this book as "excellent." This is an essential resource guide for scientists, students and managers working in the Gulf of Alaska.

Author: Phillip Mundy

Publisher: Alaska Sea Grant

ISBN: 1-56612-090-X

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Alaska Sea Grant

The Incredible Record-Setting Deep-Sea Dive of the Bathysphere (Incredible Deep-Sea Adventures)

Resource Type: Book

This captivating tale about the marvelous journey of two men who dared to explore the deep sea includes descriptions of the technological challenges they had to overcome as well as the incredible sights seen from the bathysphere. Interesting diagrams, maps, and historical photos help document this inspirational story. Bibliography by Chapter, Glossary, Index.

Author: Brad Matsen

Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 0-7660-2188-2

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 6

Maximum Grade: 8

The Life Cycle of a Salmon

Resource Type: Book

Author: Lisa Trumbauer, Gail Saunders-Smith (Editor), Thomas P. Quinn

Publisher: Pebble Books

ISBN: 0736814531

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Lorax

Resource Type: Book

When Dr. Seuss gets serious, you know it must be important. Published in 1971, and perhaps inspired by the "save our planet" mindset of the 1960s, The Lorax is an ecological warning that still rings true today amidst the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and disregard for the earth's environment. In The Lorax, we find what we've come to expect from the illustrious doctor: brilliantly whimsical rhymes, delightfully original creatures, and weirdly undulating illustrations. But here there is also something more--a powerful message that Seuss implores both adults and children to heed.

The now remorseful Once-ler--our faceless, bodiless narrator--tells the story himself. Long ago this enterprising villain chances upon a place filled with wondrous Truffula Trees, Swomee-Swans, Brown Bar-ba- loots, and Humming-Fishes. Bewitched by the beauty of the Truffula Tree tufts, he greedily chops them down to produce and mass-market Thneeds. ("It's a shirt. It's a sock. It's a glove. It's a hat.") As the trees swiftly disappear and the denizens leave for greener pastures, the fuzzy yellow Lorax (who speaks for the trees "for the trees have no tongues") repeatedly warns the Once-ler, but his words of wisdom are for naught. Finally the Lorax extricates himself from the scorched earth (by the seat of his own furry pants), leaving only a rock engraved "UNLESS." Thus, with his own colorful version of a compelling morality play, Dr. Seuss teaches readers not to fool with Mother Nature. But as you might expect from Seuss, all hope is not lost--the Once-ler has saved a single Truffula Tree seed! Our fate now rests in the hands of a caring child, who becomes our last chance for a clean, green future.

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Author: Dr. Seuss

Illustrator: Dr. Seuss

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0394823370

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 12

The Mighty Ocean

Resource Type: Book

Students learn about the water cycle, wave action, currents, tides, storms, sea life, and more as they explore the sea.

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Author: Melvin Berger

Publisher: Newbridge Educational Publishing

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Newbridge Educational Publishing

The Oceans Around Us

Resource Type: Book

In the Reading Expeditions Earth Science Series, you will explore many fascinating aspects of planet Earth- from its inner core, to the depths of its oceans to its ever changing surface, and its place in the universe. Students will enjoy reading about these topics in these nonfiction books for grades 3-8.

In this book, students follow a sea turtle’s adventures and learn about the features of the oceans and the ocean floor. They will meet human divers and deep-sea creatures along the way.

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Publisher: National Geographic School Publishing

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: National Geographic School Publishing

The Sea Is Calling Me: Poems

Resource Type: Book

From the publisher: Seagulls, sandcastles, seashells, and sips of ocean wash over the pages of this fine collection of sea poems. Hopkins has again gathered works from varied poets (E. E. Cummings, Karla Kuskin, Aileen Fisher, Myra Cohn Livingston), choosing them carefully like precious seashells. Many of the poems, published previously, are reprinted from collections now out of print. Several poems are printed here for the first time. The blue and black ink illustrations complement the poetry. Variously positioned scenes of children exploring sea life, waves crashing, and treasures from the sea work with the text to provide a spacious, unified whole.

Author: Lee Bennett Hopkins

Illustrator: Walter Gaffney-Kessell

Publisher: Harcourt School Publishers

ISBN: 0152711554

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: K

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Search for the Right Whale

Resource Type: Book

Describes how a team of researchers off the coast of Maine discovered and tracked a colony of right whales and how the information about the whales' habits has aided in the protection of the species.

Author: Scott Kraus, Kenneth Mallory

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 0517578441

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Seaside Naturalist: A Guide to Nature Study at the Seashore

Resource Type: Book

" The Seaside Naturalist" is a wonderfully illustrated overview of common marine life. With special attention to the Atlantic coast, all topics are covered in a fun, concise, easy-to-understand manner. The illustrations (line drawings and stipple art) can be used as coloring pages for early elementary students.

Author: Deborah Coulombe

Illustrator: Deborah Coulombe

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0671765034

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Six Bridges of Humphrey the Whale

Resource Type: Book

This delightfully illustrated book tells the story of Humphrey, a real whale who captured the world's attention when he left the Pacific Ocean in October 1985 and started exploring the Sacramento River. This new edition has been updated with news of Humphrey's travels since 1989. Full-color illustrations and black-and-white photos.

Author: Toni Knapp, Craig Brown, Craig McFarland Brown

ISBN: 1882092015

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 8

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Tale of Humphrey the Humpback Whale

Resource Type: Book

Author: Heus, Robinson

Publisher: Publisher's Group West

ISBN: 9996544141

Teacher Resource: Yes

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

The Voyager's Stone

Resource Type: Book

A boy sets a bottle holding a letter and a special charm adrift in the Caribbean Sea, and readers follow its journey across oceans and around continents until it finally reaches Australia, where a girl finds it, writes a letter to the boy, and then composes her own message and sets the vessel adrift again. The bottle's travels are helped and hindered by natural elements, from waterspouts to tidal waves, and Kraske offers fascinating tidbits about these forces of nature. Vivid pen-and-ink drawings illustrate the text. Floca includes simple, clear, informative diagrams of such specimens as krill and jellyfish, as well as maps. These contrast with vivid, exciting scenes that cover most of a two-page spread, such as a battle between an octopus and a shark. Though the information offered is necessarily brief, the well-chosen facts are just enough to explain concepts and delight readers. The premise is similar to Holling C. Holling's Paddle-to-the-Sea (Houghton, 1980) and, like that classic, this title succeeds in providing an unusual and inventive introduction to nature and geography. The wonderful, panoramic complexity of life on Earth comes through.

Author: Kraske

Illustrator: Floca

Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing

ISBN: 0531068900

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Scientists in the Field)

Resource Type: Book

School Library Journal : Starred Review.
While the subtitle leads one to believe that the heart of this book is about the science of ocean currents, it's actually about why we need to protect our marine environment. Burns tells the tale of Dr. Curtis Ebbesmeyer, an oceanographer who started to track trash (flotsam) that washed up on the shore near his Seattle home. Through floating sneakers and bath toys that accidentally fell off container ships and a computer program named OSCURS, Ebbesmeyer tracked the currents of the ocean. These experiments led to a discussion of how debris is polluting our oceans and causing harm to marine life. Burns introduces the work of several scientists who are working to clean up ghost nets and other dangerous debris. The well-written narration will keep readers engaged, and it's excellent for reports. The science is clearly explained, and the vivid and lively photographs and well-labeled charts and diagrams help to create interest and build understanding. This title will get readers thinking and possibly acting on these problems.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Marine Park, NY

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Author: Loree Griffin Burns

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 8

Treasure Lost at Sea: Rigby Literacy

Resource Type: Book

This is the true story of a ship lost at sea. It went down carrying millions of dollars worth of gold, silver, and precious jewels. It was lost for more than 350 years, until one man made it his lifelong goal to find it.

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Publisher: Rigby

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Rigby

Water Insects

Resource Type: Book

Describes the physical characteristics, behavior, and life cycles of some insects that spend most of their lives in the water.

Author: Sylvia A. Johnson

Illustrator: Modoki Masuda

Publisher: Lerner Publishing

ISBN: 0822514893

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 8

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Waterman's Boy

Resource Type: Book

Two boys from a small town on the Chesapeake Bay help a scientist interested in cleaning up the water for the benefit of animals, plants, and people, while risking parental disapproval of people with too much education and of outsiders’ interference in their means of earning a living.

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Author: Susan Sharpe

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 0027823512

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 6

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Watery Graves

Resource Type: Book

Where Fact Meets Fiction, Watery Graves is a collection of stories that encompasses ravaging seas and shipwrecks. Carole Wilkinson's book is geared towards children and teenagers.

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Author: Carole Wilkinson

Publisher: Sundance Publishing Co

ISBN: 0760849525

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 9

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Waves: From Surfing to Tsunami

Resource Type: Book

What causes waves to form? What makes them move? The melding of technical writing and storytelling, incredible photographs, and original artwork makes this book about wave formation and movement both interesting and easy to understand. This detailed analysis of wave action and influences also includes a section about tsunamis. Glossary, Web Resources, Photo Credits.

Author: Drew Kampion

Illustrator: Jeff Peterson

Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher

ISBN: 1-58685-212-4

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 3

Maximum Grade: 5

Whales in the Classroom: Oceanography

Resource Type: Book

Part curriculum, part reference book, part student activity sheets. This book helps build teacher content about general ocean processes, ocean zonation, and ecological/environmental issues.

Author: Larry Wade

Publisher: Singing Rock Press

ISBN: 096293951X

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 5

Maximum Grade: 12

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Whales: Giants of the Deep

Resource Type: Book

An introduction to the largest mammals that ever lived, with a brief history of whaling and how it has threatened the whales' survival.

Author: Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

Publisher: Holiday House

ISBN: 0823405303

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 4

Maximum Grade: 7

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

Why the Ocean Is Salty

Resource Type: Book

An Icelandic mythology for how the oceans got salty. Beautiful illustrations make this a charming reader.

Author: Alice Leonhardt

Illustrator: Marilee Heyer

Publisher: Steck-Vaughn Company

ISBN: 0739808680

Teacher Resource: Yes

Minimum Grade: 1

Maximum Grade: 5

Vendor 1: Amazon.com

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