Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures

Using Ocean Adventures in the Classroom
A Word from Jean-Michel Cousteau
Educator Guide to Voyage to Kure
Educator Guide to Sharks at Risk
Educator Guide to The Gray Whale Obstacle Course
Educator Guide to America's Underwater Treasures
Educator Guide to Return to the Amazon
Educator Guide to Sea Ghosts (Belugas)
Educator Guide to Call of the Killer Whale
The Watershed Quest
Tips for Using Science Multimedia
Educator Web Links
Download Library
Outreach Partners


Educator Guide to America's Underwater Treasures

Jean-Michel Cousteau, his son, Fabien, his daughter, Celine, and his team of expert divers set out to investigate, for the first time, all 13 of our National Marine Sanctuaries and their distinct ecosystems. While discovering what makes each of them unique, the team also explores what threatens these sites and what is being done. Traversing thousands of miles in this two-hour episode, the Ocean Adventures team goes below and above the sea off the coasts of Michigan, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Massachusetts, California, Washington, Hawai'i and American Samoa on a mission to introduce Americans to these vibrant but fragile marine sanctuaries.

America's Underwater Treasures Viewing Guide: Introduce your students to the diverse ecosystems surrounding the United States, practice data collection techniques, and discover the many issues involved in managing a National Marine Sanctuary. Hands-on and critical-thinking exercises extend the value of this Ocean Adventures episode. Also included are viewing questions to engage students while they watch the program, clips recommended for classroom use and specially selected lesson plans developed by ocean experts.

Ocean Adventures Lesson Plans: Extend the learning of your students with these lesson plans that accompany Web-original videos.

America's Underwater Treasures Adventures: Test your community's runoff water quality, interview a marine scientist or join a coastal cleanup.

Because teachers don't have time to research additional materials, the Ocean Adventures education team has handpicked these lessons to complement America's Underwater Treasures:

  • Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries (PDF): Investigate the 13 National Marine Sanctuaries, their locations, and their ecosystems.
  • To Fish or Not To Fish? (PDF): Examine the many issues involved in managing a National Marine Sanctuary in this role-play activity.
  • Every Square Inch Counts (PDF): Practice real identification and data collection techniques using photo quadrats of subtidal and intertidal organisms.
  • National Marine Sanctuaries Education (at Find additional activities and lesson plans from the National Marine Sanctuaries; be sure to explore the Encyclopedia of the Sanctuaries as well as to check each sanctuary's Web site for additional educator resources.
  • Tagging of Pacific Pelagics (at While this site does not contain lesson plans, it is a great resource for teachers and students interested in current data and live tracking of marine organisms.

Download Library: Download pictures of our National Marine Sanctuaries as well as sounds from the ocean.

Educator Web Links: Expand your curriculum with recommendations from the Ocean Adventures education team.

All Ocean Adventures Educational Materials: View all of the lessons and activities that Ocean Adventures has to offer.

PDF File Format
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