TOOLKITS

Libraries & Community Groups

Introduction

This toolkit has been created to support individuals working in library and community spaces with a user-friendly approach to facilitating learning experiences about the ocean and waterways in Canada. These learning activities and resources have been curated with your audiences and engagement needs in mind, and with the aim of strengthening our collective understanding of our influence on the ocean and the ocean’s influence on us.

Read and use the Ocean Week Canada key messages to help guide your learning journey.

This toolkit is part of the Ocean Week Canada celebrations but can be used throughout 2022 and beyond, especially as 2021-2030 is the United Nations Ocean Decade!

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How to use this toolkit

Libraries are amazing community hubs equipped to host community conversations and events. Ocean Week Canada and partners have curated a collection of resources and opportunities for library visitors and community groups to explore. A variety of learning activity formats exist depending on venue capacity and local interests.

Let’s get started!

 

Ocean School: Immersive Workshops

This bite-sized collection of resources curated by Ocean School is for librarians and community leaders who want to bring the ocean into their space through immersive videos, storytelling, and interactive technologies. This collection allows for the advancement of ocean awareness and literacy in line with Ocean Week Canada and the UN Ocean Decade. Each piece of media comes with an optional activity and can be viewed on a computer or tablet, with VR headsets capabilities for 360° videos and interactives. A station or booth can be set up for visitors to explore independently, or facilitators can play a more active role to conduct short immersive workshops using the workshop guidelines.

 
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Ocean Collection Booklist – for children 

Reading books about the ocean and the creatures that call it home is the perfect way to spark interest about marine and aquatic environments for readers of all ages.

 
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Ocean Collection Booklist – for adults

 
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Giant Floor Map: Ocean, Freshwater, and Us

Exploring our relationship with Canadian waters
 

Explore the Map

Did you know all waterways are connected? There’s nothing like following the flow to REALLY wrap your head around this incredible fact! This giant floor map (11m x 8m) is made for walking on, allowing you to understand the ocean and waterways by physically experiencing them! Augmented Reality, 360 video, and other interactive activities will help bring this giant map to life. Ten copies of this giant floor map will travel across the country visiting schools, museums, and other public spaces.

BOOK THE MAP
 

Ocean-Inspired MakerSpace

The Library Learning Commons is an ideal location for an ocean-inspired community makerspace.  Visitors can gather to hypothesize, explore, and experiment to further and deepen their relationship with the ocean.  

 

Makerspace Ocean Toolkit

This OceanToolkit (2nd Edition) has been assembled through collaborative efforts and inspiration of 50+ educators who participated in Taking Making into Classrooms – A Toolkit for Fostering Ocean Knowledge and Stewardship Conference, as well as the contributions of teachers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia who participated in a summer 2019 Ocean Institute. Users are invited to share this resource, add to it, modify it to suit older/younger grades, or adapt it to extracurricular groups and clubs.

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Crochet Coral Reef by the Institute for Figuring 

At a time when living reefs are dying from heat exhaustion and the global ocean is awash in plastic, the Crochet Coral Reef project offers a tender impassioned response. This is a crafty retort to climate change, a one-stitch-at-a-time meditation on the Anthropocene. 

To make your own local Satellite Reef please contact the project owner. 

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Value and Transformation of Corals (2022)

The Crochet Coral Reef is palpable, polymorphous, terrifying, and inspiring stitchery done with every sort of fiber and strand, looped by tens of thousands of people in dozens of nations, who come together to stitch care, beauty, and response-ability in play tanks. This creative global project is enabled by Margaret and Christine Wertheim’s outrageous, chthonic symbiosis of science, mathematics, art, activism, women’s fiber arts, environmentalism, and sheer love of the critters of planet Earth.

GET STARTED

Makerspace Ocean Toolkit

This OceanToolkit (2nd Edition) has been assembled through collaborative efforts and inspiration of 50+ educators who participated in Taking Making into Classrooms – A Toolkit for Fostering Ocean Knowledge and Stewardship Conference, as well as the contributions of teachers from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and British Columbia who participated in a summer 2019 Ocean Institute. Users are invited to share this resource, add to it, modify it to suit older/younger grades, or adapt it to extracurricular groups and clubs.

Crochet Coral Reef by the Institute for Figuring 

At a time when living reefs are dying from heat exhaustion and the global ocean is awash in plastic, the Crochet Coral Reef project offers a tender impassioned response. This is a crafty retort to climate change, a one-stitch-at-a-time meditation on the Anthropocene. 

To make your own local Satellite Reef please contact the project owner. 

Value and Transformation of Corals (2022)

The Crochet Coral Reef is palpable, polymorphous, terrifying, and inspiring stitchery done with every sort of fiber and strand, looped by tens of thousands of people in dozens of nations, who come together to stitch care, beauty, and response-ability in play tanks. This creative global project is enabled by Margaret and Christine Wertheim’s outrageous, chthonic symbiosis of science, mathematics, art, activism, women’s fiber arts, environmentalism, and sheer love of the critters of planet Earth.

 

The Beautiful Math of Coral

Margaret Wertheim leads a project to re-create the creatures of the coral reefs using a crochet technique invented by a mathematician — celebrating the amazements of the reef, and deep-diving into the hyperbolic geometry underlying coral creation.

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Films to Screen & Discuss

Help ignite a national/global conversation about what’s happening in Earth’s ocean environments. Host a screening event to celebrate Ocean Week Canada.

 

Chasing Coral

This 2017 documentary puts the spotlight on coral reef habitats across the planet, from Hawaii to Australia. The story aims to teach viewers how climate change causes major coral bleaching events, which in turn impact the health of human and ocean systems. Viewers walk away with a greater awareness about the ocean ecosystem and its dependence on healthy coral reefs. Rated: PG

Post viewing: Learn more about the impacts on marginalised communities, landlocked areas, and the global economy, and what you can do now to find solutions!

SCREENING GUIDE
 

My Octopus Teacher

Watch the trailer of this touching tale of interspecies friendship, and examine where humans place ourselves in the natural world. Beautiful underwater cinematography and ocean imagery inspires wonder. To view the full film, Netflix is offering subscribers the opportunity to host educational community screenings free-of-cost. 

SCREENING GUIDE
 

A Plastic Ocean 

Plastic Ocean is an epic global adventure following a documentary filmmaker and a world record free-diver as they travel the earth discovering the shocking impact plastic is having on the global ocean and the marine animals that live there. The film investigates how our addiction to plastic is impacting the food chain and how that is affecting every one of us through new and developing human health problems.

Available in 17 languages- see film impact

Photo Credit: The Ocean Agency
SCREENING GUIDE
 

The Story of Plastic

Plastic pollution is everywhere we look, from city streets to the Arctic ice sheets. Plastic pollution is smothering the global ocean and poisoning communities around the world. We need to chart a different course. The Story of Plastic covers the life cycle of plastic from production to pollution, from refinery to recycling, dismantling the myths of Big Plastic and exposing the human and environmental devastation along the way. 

SCREENING GUIDE
 

Connect & Share

 

Ocean Image Bank by the Ocean Agency

Beautiful and powerful ocean imagery made available by some of the world’s top ocean photographers. These photos are available at no cost to the user to communicate about the ocean, support ocean education, and accelerate conservation efforts. This project is officially endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade.

Photo Credit: The Ocean Agency
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Plastic Free Eco Challenge 

Plastic Free Eco Challenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency and to care for our ecosystems. Together, let’s create a plastic-free world. The challenge is typically launched in July, but can be an event that interested participants enter any month of the year!

Photo Credit: Naja Bertolt Jensen / Ocean Image Bank
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Ocean Image Bank by the Ocean Agency

Beautiful and powerful ocean imagery made available by some of the world’s top ocean photographers. These photos are available at no cost to the user to communicate about the ocean, support ocean education, and accelerate conservation efforts. This project is officially endorsed by the UN Ocean Decade.

Photo Credit: The Ocean Agency

Plastic Free Eco Challenge 

Plastic Free Eco Challenge is a month-long effort for all of us to shift away from our single-use plastic dependency and to care for our ecosystems. Together, let’s create a plastic-free world. The challenge is typically launched in July, but can be an event that interested participants enter any month of the year!

Photo Credit: Naja Bertolt Jensen / Ocean Image Bank
 

Loop back into other Ocean Week Canada activities