NSTA Press and NSTA Recommends Middle Level Books on Ocean Science

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, The Vast Mysterious Deep

Grades K–8

Oceans: The Vast, Mysterious Deep 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 both colorful and realistic. Scientific concepts are explained using simple, easily understood terms. 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 students’ eager hands. 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 level 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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