For the 2021 Conference GAME invited members of the National Marine Educators Association’s (NMEA) Ocean Literacy Committee to discuss the updates made to the principles and share the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K-12. To round out the conference, GAME members led activities that support each of the seven Ocean Literacy Principles to help make the connection back to the classroom. This page shares presentations, activities and resources from that shared experience.

Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you—and your influence on the ocean.

There are seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy comprising 45 Fundamental Concepts. The Ocean Literacy Framework comprises the Ocean Literacy Guide, the Ocean Literacy Scope and Sequence for Grades K–12, and the Alignment of Ocean Literacy to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This 3-part framework presents a vision of an ocean-literate society and outlines the knowledge required to be considered ocean literate.

More information about the seven principles, framework, and scope and sequence, please visit the National Marine Educators Association website at -

To see how the Ocean Literacy Framework connects to the Georgia Standards of Excellence, please check out this ppt and matrix created by GAME Board to assist our members:

  1.  Ocean Literacy correlations to GA standards matrix.pdf - Melissa Rettig-Palmer
  2. Ocean Literacy Principles and the link to Georgia Standards of Excellence.pdf - Melissa Rettig-Palmer

Keynote Address 

Ocean Literacy Principles Overview: NMEA Ocean Literacy Committee

Ocean Literacy Principle 1: The Earth has one big ocean with many features.

OLP 1 Introduction : Diana L. Payne and Angela Bliss

Activity Sheets (PDF Downloads): Riding the Stormwater Wave.pdf       Watersheds_NPS.pdf

Ocean Literacy Principle 2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.

OLP 2 Introduction: Diana L. Payne and Melissa Rettig-Palmer

OLP 2 activity - sand exploration.pdf: Melissa Rettig-Palmer

Ocean Literacy Principle 3: The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.

OLP 3 Introduction: Catherine Halversen and Cynthia Dean

GAME OLP 3 Activity presentation -Ocean as a major influence on weather and climate.pdf: Cynthia Dean and Catherine Halversen

GAME OLP 3 Activity - Ocean Influence on Weather and Climate.pdf: Cynthia Dean

Ocean Literacy Principle 4: The ocean makes Earth habitable.

The introduction of this principle was included in the Keynote Address

OLP 4 Activity: Events in Earth's History cards (1).pdf

OLP 4 Activity: Slides for Earths History.pdf

OLP 4 Activity: Teachers Guide for Earths History from OSS 6_8.pdf

Ocean Literacy Principle 5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

OLP 5 Introduction: Sarah Schoedinger and Dionne Hoskins-Brown

OLP 5 Activity: Dionne Hoskins-Brown

Ocean Literacy Principle 6: The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected.

OLP 6 Introduction: Catherine Halversen and Katy Austin-Smith

OLP 6 Activity - Water Shapes Our Planet: Katy Austin-Smith et al.

 Katy demonstrated the Crumpled Paper Watershed activity from Lesson 4: “Watersheds and Wetlands” and reviewed the “Final Activity: Taking Action.”

Ocean Literacy Principle 7: The ocean is largely unexplored. 

OLP 7 Introduction: Susan Haynes and Kim Morris-Zarneke

OLP 7 Activity Which Robot When: NOAA Ocean Exploration

OLP 7 Activity Simple Machines: NOAA Ocean Exploration

OLP 7 Activity Resources: auv-fact-sheet.pdfrov-fact-sheet.pdfexploration-vehicle-summary-sheets.pdf


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