1. Introduce students to Jacques Cousteau and his work, in part through the web sites listed below, but also with books and/or videos of his work on the Calypso.
2. Ask students to research aspects of Cousteau's life, including his invention of the aqua lung, and the meaning of the acronym, SCUBA.
3. When students have a good command of Cousteau's life and work, ask them to find information on the world's oceans and on some of the problems associated with oceans and seas. Useful websites for this research "Fun Facts About the Ocean," "The Rio Summit: Ocean," "Rio Earth Summit," and "Global Warming and Polar Bears" (below).
4. Divide students into small groups and ask each group to make a poster illustrating something about the ocean--a characteristic or a looming problem.
5. Ask students to discuss the "seven biggest issues facing our seas, and have each student write a short paper on what he or she can do to help protect the environment.
This lesson can be extended with more emphasis on environmental issues, or by extending work on global warming, or on animals, fish, and plants in the oceans of the world.
Cousteau, Jacques. The Ocean World. Harry N.
Abrams and Co., 1979.
Callum. The Ocean of Life: The Fate of
Man and the Sea. Penguin Books, 2013.
Jacques Cousteau Biography
Jacques Cousteau: French Ocean Explorer and Engineer
Famous Scientists: Jacques Cousteau
What Happened to the Calypso?
The Meaning of SCUBA
Fun Facts About the Ocean
Rio Earth Summit
7 Biggest Issues Facing Our Seas
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.