DisneyNature Oceans Educator Guide

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Introduction: Disneynature OCEANS is an inspiring adventure into a liquid world few of us have ever seen before. Yet the oceans cover more than 70 percent of our planet. The second Disneynature film, OCEANS, offers an unprecedented window into this largely unexplored world as well as an extraordinary educational opportunity. OCEANS ignites the imagination. It engages students to want to learn standards-based science content. Through this introduction to themes in the film, students will learn earth science, life science, physical science, chemistry, and geography. This Educator Guide builds on many of the themes developed in the film and molds them into classroom lessons that correlate to your required science standards.

Disneynature OCEANS is also a great way to introduce differentiated instruction to your science lessons. Through seeing, listening, and reading, the film and this guide will improve comprehension for students at all reading levels. It will also give them more of a real-world learning experience through this multi-media approach.

OCEANS will allow students to see for themselves the wonderful cast of characters that live in this world of liquid space. They will also learn how the oceans control much of what happens on land.
 

Table of Contents
Grades 2-6 National Science Education Standards
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THE OCEANS
Transfer of Energy
Land Meets Water
Recycling Crust
How Many Oceans?
How the Oceans Impact Land
Ocean Animals Need Land
Activity: Fresh Water vs. Seawater: Which is More Dense?
Activity: How Big are the Oceans?
Activity: How the Oceans Affect Weather
Dive into the Ocean Zones
Activity: What Lives in Different Ocean Zones?
OCEAN HABITATS
Kelp Forest
Activity: Build a Kelp Forest
Coral Reefs
Activity: Coral Reef Color
Activity: What do Oceanographers Do?
The Open Ocean
The Deep Sea
Activity: Glowing in the Dark
Hydrothermal Vents
Activity: Food Chains
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