Students will be interpreting and analyzing HOT-DOG real-time data from the Aloha Station to compare graphs with a computer simulation. Specifically, students will make observations of patterns within time-series visualizations of temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, and phosphates. They will discover evidence between these ocean graphs and the initial visual simulation to make connections about […]
The requirements for human life on Earth as we know it are not necessarily the requirements for all life on Earth. Students will be researching literature on organisms that live in extreme environments such as salt beds, hydrothermal vents, and deep ocean sediments. They will present their findings, and apply that knowledge to the search […]
This lesson includes a series of activities that will help students to build a basic understanding of organisms that live in sediment on and below the ocean floor. During this lesson, students will conduct a series of hands-on experiments to simulate the tasks that scientists complete while examining sediment samples and data taken from the […]
The hidden portion of the water cycle is revealed! It is under the seafloor! Students will use temperature data collected from two different sites in the Pacific Ocean to graph the water flow within the oceanic crust! Discoveries of how the water flows in and out of the seafloor will be made. Students will also […]
Part I What happened to the “sparkle” in the Mosquito Bay? Student groups will investigate the current hypotheses/claims as to why the Mosquito Bay has gone dark. Students will gather information from the internet to investigate claims/hypotheses about why scientists feel the dinoflagellates in the Mosquito Bay are no longer glowing. After the students have […]
Who put the sparkle in the ocean? This lesson explores bioluminscent dinoflagellates as a part of a unit on bioluminescence. Using web-based resources, student groups research dinoflagellates to uncover their cell biology, ecology, and significance. Students demonstrate their understanding through a creative, non-fiction story on a day in the life of their dinoflagellate.
Have you ever wondered why animals glow in the ocean? How does this benefit their survival? This unit will lead students through an introduction to bioluminescence with a beginning presentation, webquest, research, discussion, and Vine assessment. Students will then utilize near real-time data and analyze various articles to demonstrate claims and evidence regarding bioluminescence. Finally, […]
Students will study the causes and consequences of harmful algal blooms (HABs) by learning about nutrient cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorous that contribute to phytoplankton growth through eutrophication. They will learn about the relative size and different types of plankton, design their own plankton, and create a class plankton food web for the Gulf […]
Students will make graphs to compare chlorophyll concentrations to light penetration in the Arctic by monthly averages over the course of one year. Students will use this information and images taken on site to make inferences about ice conditions in the Arctic.