K-12 Resources

Click on the section below to view informational videos, do-at-home activities and lesson plans. Suggested grade ranges are indicated if the content was designed for a specific grade. The activities contain data and/or video footage from ONC observatories and aligns with the B.C. Curriculum Content.

Classroom Teachers: Presentations and professional development opportunities are available by our team of certified BC teachers, by request. Register here: ONC presentation registration

#OceanDecade Challenge

From the food we eat, to the air we breathe, to the weather we experience, the ocean affects our everyday lives and the health of planet Earth. Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), as a proud advocate for diversity in science, is expanding opportunities for women and girls in science with a new national project, the #OceanDecade Challenge. The project includes games, hands-on activities and experiments using materials easily found in homes. The activities are designed for kids from seven to eight (called Ocean Explorers) and nine to 12 (Ocean Advocates) years of age. Sign up for updates and launch of the #OceanDecade Challenge: #OceanDecade information

Classroom Presentation Program, 2021-2022

The Ocean Networks Canada K-12 Education team is looking forward to helping middle or high school students learn more about one of these selected ocean-related topics. Our interactive presentations (virtual for Canadian classes and in person for schools in School Districts 61, 62, & 63) are aligned with the British Columbia curriculum and are designed and delivered by our team of BC certified teachers. Register here: ONC presentation registration

  • A Warming Ocean: Causes, Consequences and Solutions (Spans courses from Grades 7 - 12; 2 hours for in person, 4x 45 minutes session for virtual)
  • Marine Biodiversity (Suggested for Grades 6 - 10; 45 minutes)
    • Join the ONC team to learn about the biodiversity of the organisms in and around the Salish Sea on Canada’s west coast! Students will learn about common intertidal creatures as well as deep ocean organisms.
  • Exploring the Big Blue with Remotely Operated Vehicles (Suggested for Grades 6 - 10; 45 minutes)
    • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) go where humans can’t! Learn about how Ocean Networks Canada uses these incredible machines for ocean exploration. Recorded videos and a suggested activity that students can try with simple recycled materials will round out this presentation.
  • Loxiwé (Clam Gardens) (Suggested for Grades 6 - 10; 45 minutes)
    • Loxiwé is the term in the Liq’wala language of the Laich-Kwil-Tach people for what is known in English as “clam gardens''. Students will try spotting ancient clam gardens in beach photographs and learn how First Peoples’ practice cultivates beach habitat for clams. This presentation is based on the Ocean Sense module developed in partnership between Ocean Networks Canada, A-Tlegay Fisheries Society, and local knowledge holders of the Discovery Passage area near Campbell River, BC.
  • Hydrothermal Vent Ecosystems (Suggested for Grades 6 - 8; 45 minutes)
    • The unique hydrothermal vent ecosystem shifts so much of what we know to be true about living organisms. From geology to ecology, students will learn about the adaptations of organisms at Canada’s first Marine Protected Area (MPA) at the Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents.
  • Seismic Studies (Suggested for Grade 8 - 10; 45 minutes)
    • Being able to detect earthquakes and other seismic events is important on the west coast of Canada, an active seismic region. Students will use ONC’s online “Earthquake Data Dashboard” and hear accounts of the 1700 tsunami within Nuu-chah-nulth territory.

Big Blue and You: Educator Professional Development

Ocean Networks Canada and the Royal BC Museum have teamed up to provide orca related resources and a professional development session for educators. The resources within the playlist promote ocean literacy and demonstrate how we are all connected to the ocean and have a responsibility to protect it for the future. Through the species lens of orcas, we hope learners deepen their understanding of the essential principles and concepts about the ocean, can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way, and are able to make informed decisions regarding the ocean and its resources.

  • Orca Inquiry Playlist of resources: Orca Inquiry Resources
  • Professional development workshops for your school district may be possible. Inquire by emailing learning@oceannetworks.ca

Ocean Exploration

Why should we care about the ocean? How does Ocean Networks Canada help us #knowtheocean? What do we do when we encounter garbage in the ocean?

Arctic Science

Travel to the Canadian Arctic with us to learn more about arctic food webs, ice data, and the impact of global warming.

Ocean Literacy

Explore the ocean without getting wet! Have fun learning about the Seven Principles of Ocean Literacy through fun, hands-on activities utilizing materials around your home. These activities were developed in partnership with Girl Guides of Canada, so "girls", "Guiders", and the pronoun "she" are used extensively, however, these activities can be carried out by anyone!

Hydrothermal Vents

Underwater volcanoes? Extreme creatures that live more than 2000m below the ocean's surface in extreme temperatures and total darkness?! Explore hydrothermal vents with us!

Sounds in the Ocean

A hydrophone is a scientific instrument that records sounds in the ocean. You can hear amazing things underwater! Listen to whales and other sounds with us.

Climate Contests

Through our virtual Climate Series this past May and June 2020, we had a number of students participate in Climate Logo and Climate Comics contests. Read the details, create a logo and/or a comic, email it to learning@oceannetworks.ca, and we'll tweet it out!

Thanks to the participating students at Dunsmuir Middle School (SD 62), Monterey Middle School (SD 61), Pleasant Valley Elementary (SD 68), Queen Margaret's School (Independent - Duncan), Selkirk Montessori (Independent - Victoria). Below are the winners from Round #1!

Round #1 Logo Winners

1st Place - Ages >18
1st Place - Ages 10-18
2nd Place - Ages 10-18
3rd Place - Ages 10-18

Round #1 Comic Winners

1st Place - Ages >18

By Marisa

1st Place - Ages 10-18

By Rishi from Pleasant Valley Elementary, SD 68 (Nanaimo)

*Note this is just the first frame of the comic. Click here for the entire comic!

2nd Place - Ages 10-18

By Douglas from Glenlyon Norfolk School, Independent (Victoria)

Honourable Mention - Ages 10-18

By Maddison from Pleasant Valley Elementary, SD 68 (Nanaimo)

Connect With Us!

Connect with us over our social media channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.