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Create a Bacterial Ecosystem - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this activity, students mix mud, water, a carbon source, and a sulfur source together in a clear bottle to create a stratified “column” of bacterial communities. Activity requires time to set up in the classroom as well as periodic observations as the "column" stabilizes (4-6 weeks)

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

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Where do the Critters Live? - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students investigate the influence of ocean temperature on the distribution of marine organisms by comparing online ocean temperature data to temperature tolerances of various organisms

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

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Where Will the Stripers Be? - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students examine the influence of abiotic factors on the location of populations of Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass through analysis of temperature and dissolved oxygen data.

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

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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 aphotic/twilight zone: Fishy deep-sea designs - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the adaptation of fishes living in the mesopelagic and bathypelagic zones of the deep ocean.

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

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Hydrothermal vents: This old tubeworm - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students learn about the process of chemosynthesis and how to calculate  age of tube worms found in deep-sea vents.

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

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Polar seas: Polar Regions: Arctic Adaptations and Global Impact - National Geographic X-Peditions


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students conduct research to learn about adaptations of organisms in polar environments.

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