About the Collection

The Ocean Acid Curriculum Collection is a curated, searchable, collection of links to existing lesson plans, units, and supplemental materials on ocean acidification.

Target Audiences:

Students in grades 3 to 12

What You’ll Find in the Collection:

  • Lesson plans
  • Labs
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Case studies
  • Demonstrations
  • Hands-on activities, including lab activities
  • Videos
  • Newspaper and scientific articles

How to Navigate the OA Curriculum Collection:

  • The resources are in a database that can filtered by activity type, key word (tag) OA principle, or grade band.
  • Select the desired item from the list, then click the box that will appear next to it. Alternatively, you can just type a word in the search box.
  • A summary of the available resources will display
  • Click on the resource link in the second column, which will take you to the materials

Input that is Welcomed

  • Teacher comments on specific materials and their experiences teaching ocean acidification.
  • Contributions of additional curricular materials. (Creative Commons-licensed or non-copyrighted)
  • We also welcome any other feedback through email via oacc [at] suquamish.nsn.us.

How the Curriculum Collection Was Assembled

We started the collection in 2014.  In 2018 we added materials Brian Erickson collected and assessed as part of his doctoral thesis at Oregon State University.   His insightful comments are displayed in the “detailed view”.

Brian’s complete dissertation contains valuable analysis of what works and what doesn’t work for teaching about OA.

About us

We are a group of teachers, scientists and graduate students who understand that carbon pollution is a significant threat to our future, and that the public education system can play a key role in providing all students with the knowledge and skills they will need to address and adapt to climate and ocean change.

The OACC team:

Meg Chadsey

Jon Crump

Lisa Eschembach

Karen Matsumoto

Caitlin Roberts

Alexis Valauri-Orton

Paul Williams

Why it was conceived and maintained by the Suquamish Indian Tribe

The Suquamish and the many other Indian tribes who reside in Puget Sound, in Washington State, U.S., have always been sustained by the abundant fish and shellfish from the surrounding waters.  The tribes co-own and co-manage these natural resources with the State of Washington.  However, these critical resources are increasingly threatened by factors beyond our management control including: climate and ocean change, habitat loss and pollution.  The root cause of each of these threats can be traced to harmful human behaviors.

The dozen years youth spend in the public school system is the best place to instill behaviors that help rather than harm the environment.  In addition, students echo to their peers and families the lessons they learn.   Schools exist to inform and prepare our youth for the challenges of the future and our future depends on a healthy environment.  Collecting and curating materials teachers can use for free is a simple step we can take to help teachers prepare our youth for the changing future.