Alaska Sea Grant

Master Materials List

Student Handouts

Items for Group Display

Material Items

Facility/Equipment Requirements

Investigation 1: Where Did the Rubber Bath Toys Go?

Science notebooks 

Science from Bath Toys

World Map PDF



Atlas, Internet, or larger scale maps for finding place names

Colored pencils or pens to mark the map, or small “stickies” (dots or stars)


Investigation 2: Weather and Circulation Patterns

Science notebooks

Wind data table PDF

Blank data tablePDF



Map (for shipping routes) PDF


Images: buoyWeather systems, Average winds, Average pressure systems, North Pacific Subtropical Gyre, Global wind-driven surface currents

Student maps from Investigation 1

Plastic tub



Ping-pong ball or other light, floating object

Partially full water bottle or full can of soda



Internet access for student pairs or groups is desirable but not mandatory 

Investigation 3: Waves and Tides

Science notebooks

Student Lab directions (3A) PDF

Marigram Information and Example (3C) (or make overhead transparencies) PDF

Blank Graph (or substitute graph paper) (3C) PDF

Student worksheet (3C) PDF

Tides and Moon (3C) PDF

Tide Diagrams (3C)

Four New Marigrams (3C) PDF


Wave Diagram (3A)

World map or globe

Lab materials, per group:

Glass jar (1 pint to 1 quart size) with tight-fitting lid

Mineral oil

Rubbing alcohol


Blue food coloring


Plastic tub, 5 gal aquarium,

baking dish



Fishing line

Metal washers


Ground pepper

Tide books or tide data from Internet 

Computer connected to Internet, with projector.

Investigation 4: Temperature and Salinity

Science notebooks

Density Lab instructions PDF

Salinity and Temperature station instructions PDF

Temperature Current lab instructions PDF

Maps from Investigation 1

Fruit juice cocktail
Actual or virtual model of Marsili’s demonstration
3 or 4 plastic water bottles filled with cotton balls, water, sand, etc.

Cranberry juice, orange juice, club soda
Sugar, salt
Per group:
Graduated cylinder
Large beaker
Spoon or stirrer
4B: Per group:
Two clear plastic water bottles
One bottle lid
Tornado tube (or duct tape)
Plastic disk
Dish towel and tray
¼ cup of salt
Food coloring
Sheet of white paper
Hot tap water (100-110 degrees F)
Ice cold (refrigerated) water
4C: Per group:
Blue food color
Red food color
Very hot water
Ice water
Insulated containers for hot and cold water
Room temperature water
2 paper or styrofoam cups
2 push pins
Marbles or rocks
Small clear plastic tub or other container, at least as tall as the cups
Sheet of white paper

Computer with Internet access and projector.

 Investigation 5: Seafloor Topography

Science notebooks

Ocean Features PDF


Video Clip

Map of ocean floor topography (can be Internet projection)

Ample amounts of modeling clay or other “barrier” like material (might be able to use cleaned rocks and build the clay around the rocks. In this case the rocks work as volume fillers, and therefore less clay would be used in the barrier construction; also, they wouldn’t float while immersed in water)

A dishpan or a 25 quart/24 liter low-profile plastic storage container

One-liter plastic bottles with a straw component to gently squeeze the water underneath the surface water just above the bottom of the seafloor model



Measuring tools

Water soluble food coloring

Pencil and erasers

11 x 8.5 or 11 x 17 inch white paper

Computer connected to the Internet and a projector.

 Investigation 6: Debris Detectives Field Trip

Science notebooks


Rubber gloves

Trash bags



Clipboards (optional)

Appropriate location for activity

Chalkboard, overhead projector or LCD projector to record/show student data

 Investigation 7: Global Conveyor Belt

Science notebooks

Project Rubric PDF

Global conveyor belt graphic

Global conveyor belt animation

Ocean Currents (video)

General circulation pattern


Resources for student projects

Books and other materials

Poster supplies

Classroom computer with Internet access and projector

Student access to Internet for research

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