Explore ocean-themed education resources aligned with the Australian curriculum suitable for Years 5-10, including ocean lesson plans, videos, fact sheets, games, and activities.
Ocean lesson plans for the Australian curriculum
Explore our Australian ocean lesson plans and learning resources including 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.
All resources are aligned to the ACARA Australian Curriculum Version 9 (V9).
Ocean-themed lessons by subject
Topical ocean lesson plansFind ocean lesson plans and resources for different topics or times of year.
MSC Kahoot! quizzes
Unleash the fun in classrooms with our MSC designed Kahoot! quizzes - a game-based learning platform.
Download our classroom posterUnderstand the 7 principles of ocean literacy.
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Key ocean-themed calendar dates in 2023 include
- World Penguin Day: 25 April
- World Ocean Day: 8 June
- Shark Awareness Day: 14 July
- National Science Week: 12-20 August
- World Fisheries Day: 21 November
- International Antarctic Day: 1 December
About Saltwater Schools
Saltwater Schools an education initiative of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) in Australia. The Saltwater Schools collection of free classroom resources supports marine education and ocean literacy for years 5 to 10.
With a uniquely Australian feel, the program offers ACARA (v9) curriculum-aligned lesson plans and activities, award-winning videos, quizzes, events, competitions, awards, and school engagement opportunities to meet marine scientists like Dr. Adrian Gutteridge.
Resources are grouped by subject, with additional collections for First Nations Fishing, World Ocean Day and National Science Week. New topics in creation include Sharks, Tuna, Food Labelling, and Career Pathways. Sign up to the Saltwater Schools teacher newsletter (below) to receive these resources, and follow the Saltwater Schools Pinterest to learn about school engagement opportunities!
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.