Elementary NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends Books on Ocean Science

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Project Earth Science: Physical Oceanography

Grades 5–12

Immerse your students in Earth’s most abundant resource--water. Embark on a voyage of discovery as you steer your students through activities designed to teach them about currents, waves, and tides. From an understanding of the properties that make water unique, your students will get a global view of the marine environment, including the impact of human activities on the oceans.

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Oceans and Seas

Grades K–4

Oceans and Seas is part of the Mapping Earthforms series published by Heinemann Library. Each book in the series examines the physical characteristics that shape our landscapes. The relationship between organisms (including humans) and the environment is a consistent theme in the series. This book provides the reader with the definition and descriptions of the Earth’s major oceans and seas, how they are formed, and how they look below the surface. The authors emphasize the importance of seawater, its effects upon living organisms, and marine minerals that humans need and use in their daily lives.

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What Are Oceans?

Grades K–4

What Are Oceans? is part of a series on landforms for primary students. Even though the geologic processes which create these landforms are part of middle grade standards, these little books are ideal to supplement lessons on geography. The books have elements to support informational reading: clear photos; large, san-serif type with lots of white space, and a limited new vocabulary. The very simple text on each page is complemented by a colorful photograph or illustration that facilitates comprehension. A glossary defines several terms that young children might not know, and a list of related books and potential websites is provided.

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Oceans, The Vast Mysterious Deep

Grades K–8

Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep is a wonderful book that will stimulate children's curiosity about the oceans. It presents big ideas in relevant, real-world contexts to fascinate young readers. Large print makes this book easy for adults to read aloud or for emergent readers to explore independently. The illustrations are not only colorful but also realistic. Scientific concepts are explained in terms that are easy to understand. Concepts like the formation of the Earth and plate tectonics are explained clearly, and connections are made to the water cycle. The author describes the different layers in the ocean and the effects on pressure and light. The illustrations of unusual fish in the deepest parts of the ocean will be particularly intriguing for young children.

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Living on the Edge: Deep Oceans

Grades K–8

Extreme environmental conditions favor some of the most unusual animals on Earth. Living on the Edge: Deep Oceans will help readers understand the adaptations that allow organisms to live in challenging habitats. Although the reading level may challenge upper elementary readers, a little teacher guidance will keep this book off the shelves and in the eager hands of students. This book is more technical than others in the series because it addresses some of the complexities of life in the deep, including pressure and lack of oxygen. Middle students will appreciate the fascinating information on the fish and other organisms living at great depths. Excellent photographs and diagrams support difficult vocabulary like "echolocation" and "bioluminescence."

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