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Protect Our Ocean Activity Book: Be An Ocean Guardian

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  • This printable activity book about ocean conservation and reducing litter includes a word search, ocean fact sheet, spot-the-difference activity, map of marine sanctuaries, coloring sheet, drawing tutorial, and Ocean Guardian Pledge certificate. 
  • Students will learn about monk seals, national marine sanctuaries, how litter impacts the ocean, and ocean vocabulary terms.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource is a fun and engaging way to reinforce learning about oceans and their role on Earth.
  • Students will enjoy the varied activities and how they work together to provide a nuanced understanding of topics related to the oceans. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be able to independently complete a word search or follow written directions. 
  • Younger students may need more guidance or help in completing the packet.


  • This can be great for art projects, as it provides a coloring sheet and drawing.
  • Health and nutrition lessons could utilize the Litterless Lunch page. 
  • This resource would make a great station in an elementary classroom, where students can access the materials and work independently when they have time.
  • Consider using this resource as a culminating activity after a unit on oceans.
  • As an extension, students can create other activities for a class book about oceans. They can create fact pages and other related activities that showcase their learning. 
Scientist Notes
This resource from NOAA is an activity book that introduces young students to the importance of oceans and calls on them to be ocean guardians. Page one has a bullet point list that provides a good overview of the oceans’ functions. This booklet features several fun activities for students. Students are also introduced to marine sanctuaries before finally being asked to sign an Ocean Guardian Pledge. This activity book is filled with fun activities and teaches young students how they can reduce marine debris and litter simply by changing the way they pack their lunch. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 2-ESS2-3 Obtain information to identify where water is found on Earth and that it can be solid or liquid.
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.2.K-2 Explain how all people, not just official leaders, play important roles in a community.
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.2.K-2 Use maps, graphs, photographs, and other representations to describe places and the relationships and interactions that shape them.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.3 Describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
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