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Facts About Oceans

6th - 12th Grade Textbook

L2 The Oceans

L2 The Oceans textbookL2 The Oceans

Our Level 2 The Oceans textbooks include 16 lessons with facts about oceans and ocean life. These are some of the lessons included in the book: zones of life, the seashore, tide pools, fantastic fish, mollusks and deep sea vents.

Each book is designed to be completed in six weeks by students who finish three lessons per week. Each lesson contains 3-4 pages of written material on facts about oceans, a quiz and a kids science game or ocean project.

Three of these textbooks need to be finish for a semester of high school Earth Science credit. Students wishing a year of Earth Science credit need to complete all six units.

Video Lessons

Myrna Martin introduces each lesson in the textbook on a video that can be purchased with our complete kits, packages and courses. Myrna covers not only the main points in the lesson she also includes extra information on the topic that is not contained in the written material.

Ocean projects and science activities

Our Oceans textbook includes 16 activities and projects. Student projects include: Moving Plates, Comparing Sand, Tide Pool Game, Egg Carton Reefs, Tsunami Barriers and much more. Students use graham crackers, frosting and fruit rollups to show different tectonic plate movement. They use juice boxes filled with sand and a plastic tub to study how barriers can affect the destructive force of tsunami waves. They create their own tide pool game and make a coral reef using egg cartons.

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L2 The Oceans teacher's books

Teacher’s Edition Textbooks

The teacher’s textbook is an exact copy of the student textbook. It includes the answers to the quizzes on each quiz page. A Teacher’s Notes page is located before each lesson with the following information

1. Lesson Content
2. Lesson Objectives
3. Activity information and materials needed
4. Vocabulary and definitions
5. Correlation with the National Science Standards

Facts about oceans

These are some interesting facts about oceans you might not know.

  • The Mariana Trench located near 14 Mariana islands near Japan. The trench contains the Challenger Deep which is located in the western Pacific Ocean. The Challenger Deep is the deepest point on the ocean floors in a subduction zone.
  • Subduction zones ring the Pacific Ocean as the colder and heavier Pacific Plate is forced beneath the lighter continental and oceanic plates. The Pacific Plate is therefore shrinking in size.
  • the Atlantic Ocean has formed as crustal plates separating allowed ocean water to flood ocean floors as they separate. The Atlantic Ocean is increasing in the north as the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate move apart. Iceland sits atop the two plates and over a hot spot. You can walk down a rift valley in Iceland where the plates are separating.

Ocean Life Zones  

Oceanographers studying plants and animals living in the ocean have divided the ocean into five main layers. The layers are called life zones and include animals living on the ocean surfaces all the way to the bottom of the deepest trenches. Bizarre animals live deep in the oceans or on the ocean floors where the temperature and pressure is extreme.

Four major life zones

Four major life zones are the intertidal zone, neritic zone, open ocean zone and benthic zone. The intertidal zone is the area on the seafloor between high tide and low tide. The neritic zone is the water above the continental shelf. The waters of the neritic zone are home to a wide variety of plants and animals. The open ocean zone lies beyond the continental slope. The zone contains 65% of the ocean water is divided by water depth into three zones. The three zones are the sunlit zone, the twilight zone, and the midnight zone. The benthic zone includes the entire seafloor.You can find more facts about oceans by clicking on the link above.

Mid Ocean Ridge

Facts about oceans and the mountains on the seafloor. The mid ocean ridge is a mountainous region on the floors of all the world’s oceans. The ridge is the longest mountain chain on Earth that has formed where oceanic plates are separating. The decrease in pressure as the plates move apart allows rocks in the upper mantle to melt. Melted rock forms magma that collects in magma chambers and then flows out onto the ocean floors. The hydrothermal vents that form in these areas were first explored along the Galapagos Rift in 1977 by a group of marine geologists. They discovered a thriving community of plants and animals living around black smokers. Prior to this discovery it was thought that it was impossible for animals to live at these depths due to pressure and lack of sunlight.

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