Climate Change Water Impacts: Droughts, Floods, & Ocean Acidification

Thank you for registering to participate in Clean Ocean Action’s 2nd Annual Virtual Teach-In!  Please feel free to use the following pages listed as classroom resources.  To show your participation in teaching about Superstorm Sandy the week of October 27th, please take photos of your class and send them to, or post them to Clean Ocean Action’s facebook, or Twitter!  (#cleanocean #virtualteachin).  Don’t forget to send us your feedback on the program and the materials below (email or call 732-872-0111).

 The resources below have been compiled as references to use in your classrooms.  While Clean Ocean Action did not create any of these lessons, we have tried to provide the most accurate and informative sources as possible.  Please keep in mind some sources may be from before Superstorm Sandy, but still give valuable information about the science behind the storm.  Some links may lead to additional sites that may not necessarily be suggested by Clean Ocean Action as a resource.
More Droughts

  •  Grades 4-5
  •  This interactive webpage reviews droughts and its impacts on people and the environment. The webpage also includes an interactive expedition to southwestern Africa in which students can learn more about droughts.

Source: EPA’s Climate Change Division

Coral Reefs in Danger: Ocean Acidification

  • Grades 6-8
  •  In this four (45-55 min) class period webisode, Jonathan narrates a comprehensive lesson about the biology of corals and the coral reef ecosystem in our tropical oceans…like many other ecosystems on our planet, coral reefs are threatened by human activities. The chemistry of our oceans is being altered by changes to our atmosphere, which put corals and the habitat they create in serious jeopardy.

Source: Jonathan Bird’s Blue World; National Science Foundation

Ocean Acidification with Dr. Francisco Chavez

  •  Grades 6-8
  •  In this 4 minute video, Dr. Francisco Chavez of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute estimates that a million tons of CO2 enter the ocean hourly. His studies in Peru explore the phenomenon of ocean acidification, which occurs when waters have high concentrations of CO2.

Source: Smithsonian- National Museum of Natural History

20 Facts about Ocean Acidification 

  •  Grades 6-12
  • This document presents the highlights of the FAQs about Ocean Acidification, a detailed summary of the state of ocean acidification research and understanding.

Source: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute 


  •  Grades 6-8
  •  Students will understand the different types of soil have different capacities for retaining rainwater; if the soil in an area will not hold enough rainwater, flooding problems will ensue; soil can be tested for its water-retaining capacity.

Source: Discovery Education

Understanding Ocean Acidification

  •  Grades 10-12
  •  Levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are rising, but what does that mean for the world’s oceans? This website features five activities at different levels to help you learn about ocean acidification using real data.

Source: NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project 

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