The Artistic Oceanographer Program by: Sheean T. Haley and Sonya T. Dyhrman

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The Artistic Oceanographer Program (AOP) was designed to engage elementary school students in ocean sciences and to illustrate basic fifth-grade science and art standards with ocean-based examples. The program combines short science lessons, hands-on observational science, and art, and focuses on phytoplankton, the tiny marine organisms that form the base of the marine food web. This article describes one of the AOP's multidisciplinary lessons that promotes ocean literacy while capturing students’ interest.

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  • on Sun Jan 01, 2012 3:03 PM

This article ties directly into my curriculum. I am excited to give students an opportunity to tap into their artistic side. This is a culminating project and a learning tool. I especially like the idea of being able to collaborate with the art teacher. We, too often, don't have as many opportunities to incorporate specialist into our lessons.


  • on Wed Jun 22, 2011 6:40 PM

This article describes a three-day curriculum where students study phytoplankton and their importance to the ocean's energy pyramid. This curriculum is aimed at 5th grade students. The first day is a combination of discussion and a tutorial on using a microscope. The second day students use the microscopes to investigate samples of phytoplankton. The third day students create a unique phytoplankton drawing by applying what they have learned about the adaptations of phytoplankton.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

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