STANDARD - PERSONAL AND COMMUNITY HEALTH


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Hurricane Tracking - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students select a named hurricane and plot its course using latitude and longitude data provided by National Hurricane Center reports to illustrate the concept that hurricanes originate in and travel across the ocean. Students also conduct research on the formation of their selected hurricane and the amount of damage it caused.

Concept: Ocean, weather, and climate
The ocean controls weather and climate.

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Causes and Effects of ENSO - Challenger Center's Journey Through The Universe


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use water temperature data and satellite imagery to explore the causes and effects of ENSO.

Concept: Climate cycles
Changes in ocean circulation patterns affect weather and climate.

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Using Genetic Techniques - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students conduct “virtual labs” to explore how scientists extract DNA from samples, amplify the DNA (PCR/Polymerase Chain Reaction), and study the DNA (gel electrophoresis).

Concept: Ocean microbes
Microbes are an important component of ocean life.

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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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Tragedy of Commons Game - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students play the role of fishermen to demonstrate how overfishing can occur.

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

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The Drill on the Spill: Learning About the Gulf Oil Leak in the Lab - New York Times, The Learning Network


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill by accessing high quality data-based models and maps on the New York Times website. They also develop a research question about oil spills or clean-up technology and design a lab investigation to answer the question.

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

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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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