Teacher’s Corner

Educators! Please check out these useful resources (lesson plans, worksheets, printouts, and other interactive learning tools) to help bring virtual Ocean Fun Days straight to the classroom.


“BEach SAFEly” Campaign: COVID-19 brings more considerations beyond the usual “beach safety and ocean hazards” messaging. Throughout summer 2020, New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC) and New York Sea Grant debuted a new social media graphic each week (totaling 9) to remind beachgoers to stay safe while still having fun at the Jersey Shore and beyond!

Energy for Education: A collection of free teacher resources and brochures from New Jersey Natural Gas.

Energy Hog Challenge (Teacher Guide): Information and activities to explore different sources of energy, how energy is used and wasted – and how students can save energy by becoming Energy Hog Busters! Also access the Student Guide here.

Estuary Education: Estuaries are invaluable resources for coastal dwellers. For people, these ecosystems offer protection, recreation, and a wealth of learning opportunities. Educators and enthusiasts will find a variety of resources to help share the wonders of estuaries with students and others.

“Hiker” Scouts Program: Why just walk when you can hike and learn about the environment around you? This short video will introduce New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium’s new virtual Scouts Program, “Hiker.”

Horseshoe Crabs 101: Want to get involved or learn more about horseshoe crabs? Check out this list of resources and workshops from several Ocean Fun Days exhibitors, including “images, poems, and tales competition from around the world for all grades!”

How Do We Use Observer Data? NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center manages multiple observer programs covering federal and state waters from Maine to North Carolina. The team processes and manages data and biological samples collected by observers during commercial fishing trips. Learn more about the seven step process.

Kayak Safety Rules for Beginners: Learn more about canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) safety with these useful brochures, videos, and website resources.

Learning Through the Garden: Learn more about school gardens and academic achievement with Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

Monmouth County GeoHub: Download open data and create your very own web maps to view a variety of data layers such as wetlands, tax parcel information, and evacuation zones. Users can also view interactive maps and link to external data including sources from regional, state, and federal agencies.

New Jersey Natural Gas’ 10th Annual Conserve to Preserve® Kids and Conservation Video Contest: High school students can record and submit a short video explaining how they go above and beyond to save energy for a chance to win a cool prize!

New Jersey Natural Gas’ 14th Annual Conserve to Preserve® Kids and Conservation Poster Contest: Provides 5th grade students the opportunity to illustrate important energy-saving lessons during “Energy Awareness” month, giving their schools, teachers, and themselves a chance to win cool prizes. Visit the official contest website to learn more.

New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Resources for Educators: Lesson plans, worksheets, and additional initiatives appropriate for remote learning. New virtual programs includes “Sharks vs. Rip Currents,” “Magnifying Plastics,” “Terrific Terrapins,” and more!

NOAA Live! Webinars: This series (which airs on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. EDT during the 2020-2021 school year) will feature a different NOAA expert/topic and a moderated Q&A session throughout to give you a peek at what our NOAA scientists do in all the various NOAA offices. These webinars are geared toward grades 2-8 and allow students to connect with scientists.

Northeast Fisheries Sampling Branch: Observers provide unique and independent information collected at sea, which is critical to the effective management of marine resources. The data are used to support sustainable fisheries and recover protected species. This brochure provides more information about the seven step process.

Ocean Today/Every Full Moon: Explore NOAA’s supplemental resource for educators and learn more about the “future of ocean farming.”

The Story of Sandy Hook: Watch this 30-minute clip on “Restoring the Past” featuring interviews with members of the Army Ground Forces Association (sponsored by Raritan Bayshore Country).

Virtual Earth Day: Check out these virtual lessons created by the Americorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program.

Activities and more “fun stuff” can be viewed HERE!