Teacher Resources

Are you a teacher interested in working aboard the JR?

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Information about the next School of Rock ship-based professional development workshop will be available soon. Watch this space!

Got a question about the ship, the science, or the folks onboard? You and your students can post comments and questions directly to our scientists on our Ask a Scientist page.

Need an introductory presentation on the JR for your students? 


Get started with these JR resources.  You'll find many more at the Deep Earth Academy website -- dozens of activities, posters and other useful resources.

Fact sheets/background

Microfossils are microscopic single-celled organisms that belong to the Kingdom Protista (or Protoctista). Examples include calcareous nannofossils, foraminifera, diatoms, radiolarians, and silicoflagellates; planktonic organisms that inhabit the sunlit surface waters of the world ocean. The tiny shells of microfossils are the sediments that cover vast areas of the seafloor.

Download our microfossils fact sheet (PDF, 32 KB)

This media is appropriate for all grades.

A collection of resources explaining cores and core drilling

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While all media on this website has strong educational value, this media is most appropriate for secondary and high school grades.

Two vocabulary study guides, featuring ship words and science words related to the activities of the JOIDES Resolution.

The JR Glossary (PDF, 226 KB)
Suitable for grades 4-12.

Advanced Vocabulary Study Guide (PDF, 172 KB)
For grades 10-12.
This vocabulary supports the concepts presented in videos found on thejr.org.

While all media on this website has strong educational value, this media is most appropriate for fourth grade and above.

Compare the past 50 years in scientific drilling and American society side by side. This timeline graphic will help your students put the history of scientific drilling in a more familiar context.

Open the full image in a new window (JPG, 370 KB)

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Fun stuff

The JR goes origami! Fold your own paper model of the ship, complete with helicopter.

Download the instructions here (PDF, 785 KB)

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Check out episodes of our graphic novel, Tales of the Resolution!

This media is appropriate for all grades.

We've created two unique coloring sheets for you. Finish them both!

Stories in a Core coloring sheet (PDF, 1.28 MB)
JOIDES Resolution dot-to-dot (PDF, 1.05 MB)

While all media on this website has strong educational value, this media is most appropriate for second grade.
While all media on this website has strong educational value, this media is most appropriate for third through sixth grades.

Posters

The “Hole” Story About Ocean Cores will introduce your students to core description and curation techniques used by scientists and technicians during Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Expedition 309. Lab groups can work together to examine high resolution photos and data from four cores taken at various depths in this first-of-its-kind complete section of oceanic crust. This poster includes background information and five classroom activities on the back.

While all media on this website has strong educational value, this media is most appropriate for secondary and high school grades.

Hundreds of Cruises... Thousands of People... Endless Discoveries!

A beautiful poster containing over 6500 images from nearly 40 years of scientific ocean drilling expeditions. The reverse side includes a historical timeline, reflecting important milestones and exciting discoveries in the past 40 years of scientific ocean drilling research.

Explore careers in the drilling sciences with the Career Interactive, based on the JOIDES Resolution Photo Mosaic, by clicking here.

Request a poster copy by emailing education@joidesresolution.org.

This media is appropriate for all grades.

This poster shows several different images of microfossils, taken through microscopes. The microfossils were found in cores recovered by the scientific ocean drilling vessel, JOIDES Resolution.

When a core is brought up on deck, scientists look at these slides to identify the microfossils found in cores and determine the age of the sediment, as well as something about Earth’s past climate. The activities on the back of the Microfossils poster simulate the identification and use of these microfossils to examine past climate change and Earth history.

Download the Microfossils: The Ocean’s Storytellers poster, with activities on the back (PDF, 4.5 MB)

This media is appropriate for all grades.