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Exploring Ocean Observing Systems - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore web-based data collected by ocean observing systems as an introduction to the parameters these systems measure.

Concept: New technologies
New technologies are expanding our ability to explore the ocean.

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Sea Level Rise and Storm Surge - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use topographic maps and tide data to predict coastline flooding associated with sea level rise.  In a companion exercise students predict the extent of flooding due to storm surge.

Concept: Sea level effects
The height of the ocean water (sea level) is affected by various physical forces and, in turn, affects coast lines.

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Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data - The NOAA Ocean Education Project


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Using real-time data, students learn how to access and interpret sea surface height and tide data through a series of five lessons.

Concept: Sea level effects
The height of the ocean water (sea level) is affected by various physical forces and, in turn, affects coast lines.

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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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Your Own El Nino - NOAA Education


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use a model that recreates trade winds and upwelling to illustrate the changes in circulation that are associated with the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

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

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Top to Bottom - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the possible impacts on deep sea ecosystems associated with changes in thermohaline circulation resulting from climate change.

Concept: Global climate change
Ocean processes have major effects on global climate change; global climate change could have major impacts on the ocean.

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Hatch to Catch - Bigelow Laboratory and Dartmouth College


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this web-based simulation activity, students manipulate environmental variables in order to create optimal environmental conditions that will generate high “hatch” to “catch” survival rates in newly spawned lobster larvae.

Concept: Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
Abiotic processes affect ocean life.

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Open ocean euphotic zone: The Great Turtle Race - National Geographic


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students manipulate environmental factors as they play the role of a migrating turtle moving through the ocean.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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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.

Education Standards





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