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On Demand: Gray’s Reef Live Exploration

About GPB Live Exploration: Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Take your students on an exploration of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary in this 30 minute virtual field trip. This event was live streamed on May 10, 2017, from the University of Georgia's Marine Education Center and Aquarium in Savannah, GA. This unique experience teaches students about the animals that call Gray’s Reef home, how the seafloor serves as a habitat and ways they can help protect the reef from major threats. Join marine experts as they share the importance of their research and answer questions from the audience. Supplemental classroom resources and an extended Q & A session with our experts are also available on this site.

Gray's Reef Supplemental Resources

Grades K-5

Usable Water

Students will be able to identify where different water sources are found, understand how much water is usable, and learn why it’s important to take care of our usable water.

GPS: S3-5CS4 (a); S6E3 (a); S6E3 (a); S6S5 (a) NGSS: 5-ESS2.A.1; 5-ESS2.C.3

Protecting Our Backyard

Students will identify variables that impact a watershed and understand the importance of keeping it healthy.

GPS: S4CS3 (c, d); S4CS4 (a); S4CS8 (a, b)

Land Use Planning

Students learn how land affects water quality.


STEAM Lesson: Your Trash My Treasure

Students will be resourceful and use their ingenuity skills to transform recyclable items into a work of art.

GPS: SCI.3.S3L2; MGSE3.NBT.2; VA3PR.1.d; 3-5-ETS1-1-3; T4.a

What’s the Story with Sand?

Students will understand that sand is what’s left after weathering of rocks, recognize that different types of sand exist, and differentiate between sand, soil, and other small particles.

GPS: S5E1 (a, b, c); Georgia NETS-S 5T3; 5T3b1

Grades 6-8

The Effect of Turbulence on Dissolved Oxygen in Water

This lesson focuses on the importance of dissolved oxygen to a healthy aquatic ecosystem and how dissolved oxygen in water can be increased.

GPS: S6E3; S6E5; S6E

The Sound of the Beluga

Students will understand sound waves, frequencies, and their uses in the human and animal world.

GPS: S8CS6; S8P4

Exploring the Ocean with Robots: NOAA

In this video, students explore some of the innovative technologies that are being used to help study and protect our marine ecosystems.

GPS: S6E3 (c); S7L4 (e)

Ocean Temperatures and Climate Patterns

This animation from The New Media Studio explains precipitation patterns by illustrating how differences in ocean surface temperatures create wind, and how wind patterns can in turn affect ocean surface temperatures.

GPS: S6E4 (a, c); S8P2 (d)

Who, Me?

Students will identify how humans impact aquatic ecosystems, be able to show how limited freshwater is to all organisms, and how each of them can help clean up and conserve water and prevent water pollution.

GPS: S6E3 (a, b); S6E5 (i); S6E6; S7L4 (c)

Grades 9-12

Researching Impacts of Ocean Acidification

Students explore how rising ocean acidity is affecting animals in this video from NOVA: Lethal Seas.

GPS: SC7; SB4; SO5 (c); SEC4 (a)

Chemically Testing for Water Quality

Students will understand that humans impact the water quality in a watershed and that all living things need good water quality for their survival.

GPS: SCSH1; SCSH2; SCSH3; SCHSH4; SCSH9; SEV4 (d, f); SEV5 (c, d, e)

Conservation and Restoration Ecology

Students will take a look at the growing fields of conservation biology and restoration ecology: protecting ecosystems and to cleaning up the messes that humans have already made.

GPS: SEC2 (d); SEV4 (a, f); SEV5 (a); SB4 (d) GSE: SB5 (a, e); SEV4 (a, b)

The Endangered Species Act

Students will learn about the Endangered Species Act, passed by Congress in 1973, which protects animals and plants that are in danger of becoming extinct.

GPS: SB4 (c); SO6 (d); SEC2 (d)

Ecosystem Ecology: Links in the [Food] Chain

Students go to the next level of ecological study with ecosystem ecology, which looks at how energy, nutrients, and materials are getting shuffled around within an ecosystem.

GPS: SEC4 (a-d); SEV1 (b-e); SB4 (a-b)



About The Filming Location
The University of Georgia Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island is part of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. The center serves over 45,000 people annually through student field trips, teacher workshops, summer marine science camps, and public programs. The UGA Aquarium features 16 exhibit tanks filled with a variety of coastal fish, invertebrates and reptiles, most of which are native to the Georgia coast. One of the main attractions in the aquarium is the 3D diorama of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, which includes spadefish and great barracuda swimming amongst live bottom communities of sponges, corals and sea squirts.

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