Saltwater Schools

Explore ocean-themed education resources aligned with the Australian curriculum suitable for Years 5-10, including lesson plans, videos, fact sheets, games, and activities.

Australian ocean themed learning resources

Explore our Australian ocean themed learning resources including lesson plans, videos, quizzes and classroom activities. Take your students on a journey and discover what makes a healthy marine ecosystem, what bycatch means, coastal communities and the effects of and solutions to overfishing.
Geography

Geography

Education resources aligned to Humanities and Social Sciences (Business and Economics) Years 5&6 and Geography Years 9&10 of the Australian curriculum

Geography lessons
Science

Science

Education resources aligned to Science Years 5-10 of the Australian curriculum

Science lessons
Activities & Video Clips

Activities & Video Clips

Explore activities developed in conjunction with the Saltwater Schools lesson plans for all ages and subject areas.

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Upcoming calendar events

National Science Week 2021

National Science Week 2021

Join us for student Q&As with science experts, organise a film screening and use our lesson resources

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Ask an expert

Ask an expert

Have you ever wondered about the eating habits of cannibalistic sea slugs? Pondered if flying cod do actually fly? The MSC has ocean experts. Lots of them.

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Food: Different by Design

Food: Different by Design

National Science Week lesson plan!

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MSC Kahoot! quizzes

Unleash the fun in classrooms with our MSC designed Kahoot! quizzes - a game-based learning platform.

MSC Kahoot! quizzes

MSC Kahoot! quizzes

Have fun, take a dive into a topic, or assess learners’ knowledge and understanding with our quizzes. Designed to support our learning materials or to be used on their own.

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About Saltwater Schools

Saltwater Schools is an education initiative run by the Marine Stewardship Council in Australia. The Saltwater Schools collection of free classroom resources supports marine education and ocean literacy for Years 5-10.

With a uniquely Australian feel, the program covers topics including fish biology, marine habitats, food webs, using the ocean's resources responsibly and sustainable fishing for the future. All lesson plans are Australian Curriculum-aligned and available in PDF and editable Word Doc for members of the Saltwater Schools network.

With your help, we can promote ocean literacy in Australia.

If you'd like to get in touch to find out more about our education initiative, please email alexis.farr@msc.org.

Why teach ocean literacy in Australia

One in eight Australian Year 10 STEM classes is taught by teachers outside their field of expertise (out-of-field), a new analysis of PISA 2015 data by Monash University and The University of Sydney shows.

Meanwhile, the majority (74%) of Australian seafood consumers believe that schools and universities need to do more to educate people about the health of our ocean. That's according to a recent study by independent research consultancy GlobeScan.

The study also shows that the top concerns Australians have about threats to the ocean are pollution such as plastics (61%) and overfishing (51%). More than three-quarters (78%) also believe we need to protect fish populations so our children and grandchildren can enjoy fish in the future.

School Awards Program

Showcase your school's commitment to marine sustainability with the Saltwater Schools Awards program! Find out more.



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Partners

Primezone

Primezone

Primezone is the education platform of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA). Find classroom Australian resources on agricultural topics for Years K to 12, and explore 'Farmer Time' connecting Farmers, Fishers and Foresters with Australian Classrooms.

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Taronga Conservation Society

Taronga Conservation Society

Taronga Conservation Society offer unique and experiential learning activities for schools, including curriculum-aligned excursions to their Sydney and Dubbo zoos as well as digital and online learning resources.

For the Wild!
Ocean Youth

Ocean Youth

Ocean Youth is an engaging, award winning program aimed at teens who want to get involved in the many aspects of marine conservation whilst developing valuable skills and meeting like-minded people.

Ocean Youth Program
Ocean Future Fund

Ocean Future Fund

Ocean Future Fund's mission is to empower future leaders to conserve and protect aquatic environments. Through the Ocean Schools and Ocean Youth programs, they are nurturing young leaders and change makers to influence positive ocean action.

Ocean Schools Program
Mures Fish School

Mures Fish School

Mures Tasmania has designed specific curricula based activities aimed at introducing your class to sustainability and what this means for the fishing industry. Lessons are designed to promote awareness of what it means to fish sustainably and the impact of the Australia Fisheries Management Authority and local government on the industry.

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Marine Teachers Association NSW

Marine Teachers Association NSW

The Marine Teachers Association NSW aims to promote, develop and publicise all aspects of marine teaching in NSW. They disseminate and exchange information, resources, ideas and events to assist classroom teachers in playing an active role as a marine teacher.

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Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Tangaroa Blue Foundation

Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris. The Tangaroa Blue Education Kit creates awareness about marine ecology and conservation issues through inquiry-oriented teaching and experiential learning.

Education Kit
Australian Marine Debris Initiative

Australian Marine Debris Initiative

The AMDI Database is a citizen science network which creates a comprehensive overview of the amounts and types of marine debris impacting beaches around Australia. Teachers and students can utilise the AMDI to scientifically audit their own beach clean up findings.

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School Competitions

School Competitions

Learn about the oceans and win prizes for your school

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