What are some local actions we can take to protect our global ocean? In this Flipside Science unit, designed for a middle school audience, we'll dive into the issues affecting our oceanic resources and biodiversity. Here you'll find videos and activities on topics like plastic pollution in the ocean and marine invasive species.

Videos in This Series

Solutions to Human Impacts

Nutrient pollution

Invasive species and nutrient pollution threaten the health of the oceans. How can we reduce their impacts?

Sustainable Seafood

Fish in a blue sea

Did you know that the choices we make when ordering seafood can impact the health of the ocean?

Preventing Plastic Pollution


Plastic debris is abundant in the ocean, and it isn't good for marine life. Let's keep our oceans plastic-free.

Classroom Activities and More

Video Discussion Questions

Healthy Oceans discussion questions

Print discussion questions for your students to reflect on while they watch each video.

Student Vocabulary

Healthy Oceans student vocabulary

Some of the vocabulary in the videos in this series might be new to your students. Print vocab handouts here!

Additional Resources

Ocean Acidification Mock Conference

Coral reef

Photo: NOAA Photo Library

What is ocean acidification, and who is affected by it? Engage your students in a mock conference on the issue.

Coral Resiliency

Image by Terry Gosliner

How are some corals able to bounce back from bleaching events?

From Farms to Phytoplankton

Mississippi River Morganza Spillway satellite image

"Morganza Spillway" © 2011 NASA Earth Observatory

Can we use a model to predict the impacts of nutrient pollutants on an aquatic ecosystem?

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