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360° Lesson Plans

Fortify your current science scope and sequence with a 360° perspective of life beneath the waves. Each lesson plan is built around a unique 360° video and is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and includes applicable math and language arts Common Core State Standards. Immerse your students into tropical coral reefs, ancient shipwrecks, dense kelp forests, and fast-moving currents as you explore the ocean in 360°.

Grades K-2

Leave the classroom behind and dive into these grade level lesson plans, each built around a unique 360° video.

Grades 3-5

Explore the ocean without getting wet with these grade level lesson plans, each built around a unique 360° video.

Grades 6-8

Experience exotic marine ecosystems with these grade level lesson plans, each built around a unique 360° video.

K-2 Lesson Plans


A Fish Can. Can you? - Kindergarten

A Fish Can. Can you? - Kindergarten

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Students will compare and contrast the needs of living things.

Shipwrecked: Observations of an Underwater Habitat - Kindergarten

Shipwrecked: Observations of an Underwater Habitat - Kindergarten

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Students will compare and contrast marine environments before and after a shipwreck.

Space for All - Kindergarten

Space for All - Kindergarten

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Students will observe and describe the adaptations living things have to survive in unique habitats.

Water, Make it Move! - Kindergarten

Water, Make it Move! - Kindergarten

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Students will plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths of moving water on the motion of an object.

Water, Water, Everywhere? - Kindergarten

Water, Water, Everywhere? - Kindergarten

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Students will compare how humans in different parts of the world meet the basic need for water and identify ways that water can be conserved.

Animal Design - 1st Grade

Animal Design - 1st Grade

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Students will compare and contrast the interactions of manta rays and scuba divers.

Energy From the Sun - 1st Grade

Energy From the Sun - 1st Grade

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Students will create a model of a structure capable of collecting energy from the sun.

Make it Better - 1st Grade

Make it Better - 1st Grade

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Students will be presented with a problem and working in groups will design a solution to the problem.

New Places to Grow - 1st Grade

New Places to Grow - 1st Grade

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Students will observe a WWII shipwreck and discuss how humans impact coral reef ecosystems.

Now You See It - 1st Grade

Now You See It - 1st Grade

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Students will make observations to support evidence-based accounts that objects can only be seen when illuminated.

Designing a Better Way - 2nd Grade

Designing a Better Way - 2nd Grade

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Students will begin to understand the impacts of illegal fishing, then will work together to draw or design a new or modified net to reduce bycatch.

Here and There - 2nd Grade

Here and There - 2nd Grade

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Students will compare and contrast the plants and animals found in various habitats.

Land Under Sea - 2nd Grade

Land Under Sea - 2nd Grade

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Students will create a model of their own island complete with various landforms.

Then and Now - 2nd Grade

Then and Now - 2nd Grade

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Students will compare and contrast changes over time.

Where Does It Live? - 2nd Grade

Where Does It Live? - 2nd Grade

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Students will organize and classify marine and terrestrial animals.

3-5 Lesson Plans


Creating Shipwreck Models - 3rd Grade

Creating Shipwreck Models - 3rd Grade

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Students will build a model depicting the animals commonly found on and around shipwrecks and explain why those animals are found there.

Finding Solutions - 3rd Grade

Finding Solutions - 3rd Grade

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Students will compare how humans in different parts of the world meet the basic need for water, then generate and compare possible solutions for acquiring freshwater from a well.

Plant and Animal Adaptations - 3rd Grade

Plant and Animal Adaptations - 3rd Grade

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Students will observe that the traits of living things can be influenced by the environment.

Water in Motion - 3rd Grade

Water in Motion - 3rd Grade

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Students will plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on an object using water.

Who Will Thrive? - 3rd Grade

Who Will Thrive? - 3rd Grade

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Students will construct an argument to determine which organism is better suited for life in the ocean.

Changes Over Time - 4th Grade

Changes Over Time - 4th Grade

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Students will compare changes to man-made and natural structures over time.

Engineering Improvements - 4th Grade

Engineering Improvements - 4th Grade

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Students will be presented with a design problem and working together will design a solution to the problem.

Forests of the Sea - 4th Grade

Forests of the Sea - 4th Grade

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Students will describe, illustrate, and explain the external parts of kelp.

Light on a Reef - 4th Grade

Light on a Reef - 4th Grade

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Students will make observations to support evidence that light can be transferred from place to place.

Think Like a Manta - 4th Grade

Think Like a Manta - 4th Grade

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Students will observe the feeding behavior of manta rays, then develop a model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it solve a given problem.

A New Design - 5th Grade

A New Design - 5th Grade

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Students will learn about bycatch and illegal fishing, then will design or illustrate a new or modified fishing apparatus to reduce bycatch.

Earth Changes - 5th Grade

Earth Changes - 5th Grade

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Students will model how Earth’s spheres (geosphere, bioshpere, hydrosphere, atmosphere) interact.

Life on a Coral Reef - 5th Grade

Life on a Coral Reef - 5th Grade

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Students will make observations about plants, animals, and decomposers in a marine ecosystem.

Man-Made Habitats - 5th Grade

Man-Made Habitats - 5th Grade

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Students will explore different ways communities protect Earth’s resources.

Matter in the Sea - 5th Grade

Matter in the Sea - 5th Grade

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Students will design a model to describe the movement of matter through a marine environment.

6-8 Lesson Plans


Color Scattering - 6th-8th Grade

Color Scattering - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will describe how light is absorbed in the ocean and explain why the ocean appears blue.

Creating Biodiversity - 6th-8th Grade

Creating Biodiversity - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will observe a WWII shipwreck in the Solomon Islands, discuss how humans impact marine biodiversity, then design their own artificial reef.

Energy Flow - 6th-8th Grade

Energy Flow - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will develop a model to describe the flow of energy through an ecosystem.

Fishing for the Future - 6th-8th Grade

Fishing for the Future - 6th-8th Grade

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Fishing for the Future - Students will discuss bycatch and the impacts this practice has on the marine ecosystem, then discuss ways to improve current fishing strategies.

Objects in Motion - 6th-8th Grade

Objects in Motion - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object using water.

Shipwrecked! - 6th-8th Grade

Shipwrecked! - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will investigate the impacts of a shipwreck to determine both the positive and negative impacts to the environment.

Underwater Photosynthesis - 6th-8th Grade

Underwater Photosynthesis - 6th-8th Grade

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Underwater Photosynthesis - Students will review photosynthesis, discuss and identify terrestrial and marine autotrophs, then diagram the process.

Water, Water (not) Everywhere - 6th-8th Grade

Water, Water (not) Everywhere - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will observe, describe, and communicate their findings of a desert ecosystem.

Weather and Erosion - 6th-8th Grade

Weather and Erosion - 6th-8th Grade

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Students will observe the long-term impact of moving water on land, then discuss the difference between weathering and erosion and how each acts to change the landscape.

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