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 are "Facts About the Ocean," "The Rio Summit: Oceans and Seas," and "Polar Bear Research Shows Global Warming is Real" (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 "Ten Challenges" for environmental health, 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.
The Life of Jaques Cousteau
About Jacques Cousteau
Jacques Cousteau and the Calypso
The Meaning of SCUBA
Facts About the Ocean
Rio Earth Summit: Oceans and Seas
Polar Bear Research Shows Global Warming is Real
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.