Curricula & Activities

OA Data-in-the-Clasroom

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program
Data in the classrooms - screen shot from the website

A teacher's guide of five scalable lesson plans of increased student engagement that fosters data literacy by using real and updated data on ocean acidification, part of Data-in-the-Classroom NODE modules. Teachers Guide is available in this disk (grades 10-12); data and OA simulation is available online at

Power of pH

Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

Classroom activity for grades 9-12 where students compare pH of fresh water and seawater, and create solutions of varying pH range. Download PDF.

Calculate your Carbon Footprint

Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation

Activity of grades 6 to adult, activity has students learn about greenhouse gases and climate change, and guides them in the use of an online carbon footprint calculator to quantify own CO2 emissions. Download PDF.

Climate Change & Coral Activities

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Simple classroom experiments for teachers on ocean acidification (using dry ice), thermal expansion, and rising sea. Download PDF.

OA Lab Activities

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and Ocean Acidification Subcommittee, Ocean Carbon and Biochemistry Program
color chart of pH indicator

A series of hands-on experiences that support national science education standards in a low-cost and adaptable manner - most of the items needed here can be found in grocery stores. Includes: Red cabbage pH indicator; Lab 1 ֠Is seawater more like lemons or bleach? Lab 2 ֠Ocean acidification in a cup (Grades 5-12).

Ocean Osteoporosis

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Program

Slideshow (38 slides, PDF) on OA, how it might affect mariline life, and linking it to human activity and ways to reduce it. Includes photo sequence of dissolution experiments with abalone shells and corals. Lesson plan for grades 5-8th for experiment. Download PDF.

Ocean Acidification

Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE), School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, University of Hawaii

A teacher kit (PDF, 40pgs, grades 6-12) with two lesson plans that familiarizes students with the causes and consequences of ocean acidification. Lesson 1 includes a simple hands-on experiment, a short PowerPoint, and optional readings with worksheets. In Lesson 2, students conduct a more in-depth experiment with electronic probes to simulate the process of ocean acidification. A pre- and post- survey is included. Each lesson will require approximately an hour.Narrated slideshow that accompanies lesson plans is available below. (Lab kit may be requested for teachers in Hawaii, Oregon, California and Massachusetts at

OA Will The Reefs Survive?

Center for Microbial Oceanography (C-MORE), School of Ocean and Earth Science Technology, University of Hawaii

A 7-min narrated slideshow introducing the topic of OA and how it affects corals, along with steps for a lab experiment using yeast to simulate increased acidity conditions in air and water. (Full-screen Presentation mode in slideshow will start narration ֠slides will advance automatically along with narration.) dowload PPT (Power Point)