Northwest Fisheries Science Center


Curricula & Lesson Plans

Explore NOAA science with your students using the following curricula and lesson plans.

Middle School

Toxic Algae and Marine Food Webs

A series of five lessons designed to teach students about plankton, microscopes and marine food webs. Using real world examples from the West Coast, students will investigate which species of algae produce toxins that can be harmful to other members of the food web like birds, marine mammals and even humans, if they eat contaminated seafood.

Ecology by Inquiry

A series of seven lessons developed by NWFSC staff and designed to teach fundamental ecological principles using an inquiry-based approach to middle-school students.

Sea Unseen: Microscopic Images of Ocean Life

A collection of black and white images and information describing how scanning electron microscopes are used to explore ocean life.

Sustainable U.S. Seafood: A Journey from Sea to Market

Go on a journey with NOAA Fisheries Service in this five-part series to learn about the complex process and the people involved in getting safe and sustainable seafood to your dinner plate. This series was developed for the Seattle Times' Newspapers in Education program.

Understanding the World's Ocean and Climate

Join NOAA for an exploration of the ocean and climate and how they interact. This five-part series was developed for the Seattle Times’ Newspapers in Education program.

High School

NOAA Teacher in the Lab: Conservation Genetics of Marine Species

NOAA's Teacher in the Lab program provides classroom teachers with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience working side-by-side with NOAA scientists. At NWFSC’s Mukilteo Research Station, scientist Gary Winans helps high school teachers learn about population genetics.

The Hunt for Killer Algae

A series of eight lessons designed to teach middle and high school students about phytoplankton, physical oceanography, and the impacts of harmful algal blooms along the West Coast. These lessons were developed to meet the Washington State Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Other outreach materials related to HABs are also included.