Students watch the following three films to learn more about Sylvia Earle and her work to protect and revitalize the world's oceans. Then consider the discussion questions and activity. (13 minutes running time)
A tribute to oceanographer Sylvia Earle from One World One Ocean (4:35 minutes)
A film about the importance of protecting the blue heart of our planet: our oceans (1:53 minutes)
Students read the following stories and consider the discussion questions and activity. (The hero essay on Sylvia Earle by Sofia Garcia won a t-shirt prize.)
Read and Listen: This story by Edward Ortiz is available in text and audio. Great for ESL Students.
2. Sylvia Earle believes one thing we can do is make better choices about the food we eat. What can you do? Create an action plan.
3. Sylvia Earle was the first woman to be a chief scientist at NOAA. Do you know someone who was the first of their gender, race or family to achieve something? What obstacles did they face and how did they persevere to reach their goal? Share their story with MY HERO.
4. Identify bodies of water in your community/part of the world. Who is working towards keeping these bodies of water clean and protected? Share their story with MY HERO.
Students will develop research and critical thinking skills as they learn more about human dependency on the ocean. Students will evaluate the impact of the food they eat on the health of the ocean. Students will identify people in their part of the world who keep bodies of water clean.
Students analyze the mural below celebrating Sylvia Earle. Who is your environmental hero? Consider creating a mural honoring your hero and submitting it to MY HERO.
Listen to the song My Blue Heart - A Tribute to Sylvia Earle. Consider honoring your environmental hero by writing a poem or song. Submit your project to MY HERO.
Teachers: Visit MY HERO for additional multimedia curated resources for Sylvia Earle.
The Sylvia Earle lesson plan was created by MY HERO Teacher and Learning Circle Director Laura Nietzer.
Watch the Sylvia Earle Ocean Award-winning films online. Make a short ocean film and submit it to MY HERO for the 2020 Sylvia Earle Ocean Award.
World Oceans Day, June 8th, is a way to celebrate our world's shared oceans and our personal connection to the sea, as well as raise awareness about the crucial role the ocean plays in our lives.
Learn about a New Hero Every Day of the Year: Use the MY HERO Calendar in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
Organizer created on 7/15/2019 2:46:13 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 4/30/2020 2:45:56 PM by Laura Nietzer