Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Classroom Activities

Gray's Reef education staff works closely with our science team to translate research data and findings into meaningful and useful information specifically for educators. Several education modules, classroom activities and lesson plans are available on our website for you to down load.

In some cases education modules may be requested as hard copies free of charge since they contain DVDs, CDs and posters. Please visit our Education Materials section for a list of available materials.

Some of our classroom activities were created by teachers like you who have been through our Rivers to Reefs Educators Workshops. Their classroom activities have been developed for various grade levels, based on their experiences in these week-long, intense field experience rich workshops. They are engaging lessons with hands-on activities that will excite your students; and help you bring Gray's Reef and the watershed that most directly influences it to your classroom.

Please the follow links below for access to all of our Classroom Activities.

Rivers to Reefs Educator Workshop

Water quality testing

Each summer 16-32 educators selected in a highly competitive process experience the Altamaha River Watershed in a completely immersive field experience. They receive several Professional Learning Units, but must first complete one of the requirements, which is to develop a lesson plan based on any part of their experience. These links grouped by grade level are designed to help you bring Gray's Reef and the watershed that most directly influences it, the Altamaha River Watershed to your students.

    Elementary Grades

    Middle School Grades

    High School Grades

Rivers to Reefs Lesson Plans

Click here for lesson plans from Rivers to Reefs Educators Workshops posted on the Gordon State College website.
Click here for lesson plans posted on the Georgia Aquarium website.
We invite you to try a few in your classroom and let us know how they worked for you. Better yet, we hope you join the fun on the next R2R!


Ocean Science Technology

Water quality testing

Hands-on activities are always engaging and get students jazzed about learning in practical ways. These tactile activities help explain often difficult concepts of physics. Materials are easy to find and / or relatively inexpensive.


Geographic Information Systems

Diver and fish

Data from research projects can often be accessed from various websites and can be very effective for use in the classroom. These lessons were developed by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries to compare data sets from the sanctuaries in the Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Region: Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.


Acoustic Fish Tagging

Fish surgery

Gray's Reef education staff work closely with our science team to translate research data and findings into meaningful and useful information specifically for educators. Our current project involves tracking tagged fish. These lessons help students understand the challenges researchers encounter with their study subjects and how they deal with those challenges.

You will find Acoustic Fish Tagging classroom activities for elementary, middle and high school students in the Education tab of the Acoustic Fish Tagging section of our website.

Please contact via e-mail Jody Patterson, or phone @ 912.598.2431, to let us know what other materials and programs would be useful to you. She will also want to hear your comments for improving any of our Gray's Reef materials posted on this website and / or provided to you.


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