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Ocean climate activity

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Knowledge building

Canada’s oceans have become warmer, more acidic and less oxygenated due to climate change.

Read Ocean Climate independently.

In a class knowledge building circle, discuss the following questions.

  1. This chapter described climate changes affecting the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans. How do climate changes in one ocean affect the other two oceans?
  2. What are some effects that climate change, including ocean warming, loss of sea ice, ocean acidification, and deoxygenation, might have on marine species?
  3. What effects will sea level rise have on coastlines? Discuss how it might affect the abiotic and biotic components of ecosystems.
  4. How do changes to Canada’s ocean climate affect humans? How does it affect communities that live on the coast versus communities that live in the interior of Canada?


Educator overview:

In this activity, students will create a zine discussing the science of ocean climate change.

Zines are short, handmade booklets made from a single sheet of 8 by 11 inch paper. Have the students choose one of the provided ocean climate subjects and research their topic to develop a message. The students can use the provided template to design, cut out, and assemble their zine.

Student worksheet

Zine template
(PDF, 48 KB)

For this assignment, you will be creating a zine booklet to share a story about ocean climate change. The zine must be based on ocean science, but the method you use to tell your story is up to you. You may use a combination of text and images. Think about how you want to deliver your key message.

Choose from the following subjects:

Print out the zine template. Complete your zine, and then follow the directions to cut and assemble the zine. Share the zine with your classmates.

Canada’s Connected Oceans

  1. Building Links within Canada’s Oceans Now 2020
    • Read Food Webs in Canada’s Oceans Now 2020. How will changes in ocean climate and upwelling affect marine food webs?
  2. Exploring Beyond Canada’s Oceans Now 2020
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