Kiska: Alaska's Underwater Battlefield

Expedition Education Module

Expedition Education Modules are designed to share the excitement of daily at-sea discoveries and the science behind NOAA’s major ocean exploration initiatives with educators, students, and the public around the world.

The Kiska: Alaska's Underwater Battlefield expedition offers the unique opportunity for explorers of all ages to follow along with the exploration one of the least studied battlefield archaeology sites of World War II. Come along with us to learn more about why NOAA and its partners are exploring this particular area, what advanced technologies are being used, and what explorers are hoping to find! Lessons, career information, background essays, videos and images can all be found here to help bring this expedition science to life in your classroom!

Expedition Purpose

Expedition Purpose: A summary of why scientists and educators are interested in exploring this area and what we might learn from our efforts in this region.

Why explore the waters off of Kiska Island, Alaska?

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Mission Discovery: Stern of World War II U.S. destroyer discovered off remote Alaskan island by NOAA-supported scientists

Wreckage of USS Abner Read stern.

On July 17, 2018, the Kiska: Alaska's Underwater Battlefield expedition team discovered the missing 75-foot stern section of the World War II Navy destroyer, USS Abner Read off of Kiska.

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Content Essays

Read short, informative content essays written by members of the expedition team that share more detail about the science behind exploring this region of our ocean.

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Classroom Lessons

Classroom lessons and learning tools relevant to the expedition are listed on this page by grade level. Although some of these resources may have been developed for past expeditions conducted in other regions of the world ocean, the Focus Questions and Student Learning Objectives are applicable to the current expedition.

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 Who Is Exploring?

Meet the Science Team and learn more about ocean exploration careers.

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Multimedia Content Themes

These Education Theme Pages are designed to provide the best of what the Ocean Explorer website has to offer to support your classroom during this expedition. Each Theme page provides links to content essays, lessons, multimedia interactive activities, career information, and associated past expeditions.


 Ocean Today Videos

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Here we feature Ocean Today videos that support teaching and learning related to the current ocean expedition.


Related Expeditions

The following expeditions cover topics similar to those of interest on the current expedition. These expedition web pages have an education component with associated lessons and other resources that you might find useful to classroom teaching and learning.