Students brainstorm what it means to be an explorer, watch a short video, and write or draw on a world map what they would like to explore in the ocean.
3 - 8
Oceanography, Earth Science, Physical Geography
This resource is also available in Spanish.
The ocean's basins have been explored for many years. Historically, people explored the oceans to find new ways to travel the globe or to establish new trade routes. Today, ocean exploration focuses on the ocean itself, as much of its depths are unexplored.
Extending the Learning
Have students do further research on an ocean location they would like to explore. Have them create a presentation about the location and what they think they might find there.
Tips and Modifications
Laminate the individual sheets of paper and use dry or wet-erase markers so that you can reuse the map.
You can provide magazines, glue, and any other art supplies to the students for use during their brainstorm on the map panel.
What You’ll Need
Materials You Provide
- Colored pencils
- Glue sticks
- Internet Access: Required
- Tech Setup: Printer
- Plug-Ins: Flash
Wall or floor space large enough to hang a giant map
- Large-group instruction
- Small-group instruction
Print and assemble the map as a class or on your own before class using the assembly video provided in the resource carousel. If you do not have room for the large map, print several tabletop maps for the students to use in small groups.
The audio, illustrations, photos, and videos are credited beneath the media asset, except for promotional images, which generally link to another page that contains the media credit. The Rights Holder for media is the person or group credited.
October 19, 2023
For information on user permissions, please read our Terms of Service. If you have questions about how to cite anything on our website in your project or classroom presentation, please contact your teacher. They will best know the preferred format. When you reach out to them, you will need the page title, URL, and the date you accessed the resource.
If a media asset is downloadable, a download button appears in the corner of the media viewer. If no button appears, you cannot download or save the media.
Text on this page is printable and can be used according to our Terms of Service.
Any interactives on this page can only be played while you are visiting our website. You cannot download interactives.