Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
EARTH Lesson Plan
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Summary

This activity allows students, working individually or in small groups, to retrieve information from pre-assigned web sites, retrieve real-time data to compare nitrate and phosphate concentrations at two open ocean monitoring sites, and construct an Excel graph using data from two different sites. Each student or group will retrieve data for a specific time frame from public data generated at an ocean observatory and generate a graph for each variable. After graphing the data, students will analyze their graphs, discuss and compare their findings with the class. In conclusion, the students will predict how future Global Climate Changes might affect these nutrients in the open ocean. Student assessment will be based on accuracy of content in a lab summary and active participation in the data collection process and class discussion.

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Last updated: Jul. 30, 2014