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Estuaries: Larvae Feeding - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students play the role of feeding fish to demonstrate how striped bass larvae feed on copepods, their zooplankton prey, and how larvae are preyed upon by bigger fish.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Wetlands: Marsh Elevation - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this field investigation, students visit a local wetland to explore plant zonation. Students construct a transect, use quadrats to count grass species, and graph their findings.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Wetlands: The Fragile Fringe - USGS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore wetlands through a series of lessons ranging from wetland identification to investigating the beneficial functions of wetlands and causes of wetland loss.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Rocky intertidal: Monitoring the Intertidal with Life-Sized Photos - Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use photo quadrats of a real rocky shoreline to investigate the zonation of organisms in the rocky intertidal zone. Note: links to photo quadrats and organism ID guide are listed in the Materials section.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Kelp: Kelp Forest Lesson Plan - UCLA Ocean Globe


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this series of lessons, students learn about the algae kelp, locations of kelp forests, and compare and contrast the features of kelp forests with terrestrial forests.  

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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The Benthic Drugstore - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students identify and investigate the importance of pharmacologically active chemicals found in specific marine invertebrate species.

Concept: Ocean affects humans
The ocean affects human life in many ways. The ocean provides many resources for humans.

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Kure Waste Chase - Jean Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures, PBS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this web-based game, students explore various habitats of the ocean, collect harmful marine debris and learn which organisms are affected by the debris.

Concept: Humans affect the ocean
Humans affect the ocean and therefore must protect it.

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Dead Zone Model - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students add fertilizer to pond, river, or estuarine water and compare results to a control treatment with no added fertilizer to simulate how algal blooms and dead zones occur in coastal bodies of water due to nutrient pollution.

Concept: Humans and the coast
Coastal areas and humans are particularly interconnected.

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Why have seagrasses disappeared? - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use the internet or printed articles and video clips to research why seagrass numbers have declined.

Concept: Humans and the coast
Coastal areas and humans are particularly interconnected.

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Coral is an Animal: Polyp Pictures - Cosee Coastal Trends and National Park Service


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use a variety of pictures of different coral species to understand the diversity of corals.

Concept: Ocean life diversity
There is a high diversity of life in the ocean with a wide range of functions and interactions.

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