Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
EARTH Lesson Plan
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Graphic Organizers
KWL Chart [Key]
Venn Diagram [Key]
Wheel Diagram [Key]

Ocean Color Instructions
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Satellite Images
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Algae Bloom WebQuest
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Student Assessment
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Scoring Rubric
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Following an introduction of the general types and characteristics of microalgae, students will analyze near real time data that reflects algae concentrations and conditions that might foster that development.  By the conclusion of the lesson, students will be able to  make educated predictions of potential for algae development given a set of environmental conditions.

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Blooms Gone Wild requires students to explain their findings, which is instrumental in stimulating higher order thinking skills, and focuses on a real world application to a somewhat esoteric topic, which is focusing on how microorganisms influence their environment and the Earth itself.—B. Bullard, Lancaster, SC

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Last updated: Jul. 30, 2014