EARTH Lesson Drafts—2012

Art and Ocean Literacy

Why is the ocean important? This unit asks Visual Art students to approach the study of the ocean and its importance from their perspective and to highlight one or more answers.. It asks students to address the real importance of our world’s ocean, using real data and information to inform their creative expression and to […]

Atlantic Ocean vs. Pacific Ocean: What Do You Know?

What do you really know about the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans? What are their similarities? Differences? Remembering that energy from the sun causes differential heating on Earth, students will be analyzing real-time data from the East Coast (SECOORA) and West Coast (NANOOS) to compare these two oceans. Essential questions students will explore include information about […]

Catching the Wandering Eel

In this lesson, students will pretend they are eel fisherfolk—they will need to decide when, using historical records and real-time data, to set their nets to catch the either leaving adults or the returning juveniles. Students will gather the historic data on salinity from charts and read current water quality parameters, particularly salinity, dissolved oxygen, […]

Get Your Feet Wet! Intro to Water Quality

Students are introduced to the concept of water quality by examining real data. Then assess the impact of temperature on other water quality indicators. The lesson is intended to be an introduction to water quality, and followed by further exploration of water quality indicators and environmental aspects of hydrology in general. During the lesson the […]

Go With the Flow

Students will learn how to interpret data and demonstrate an understanding of how ocean floor topography influences the ocean’s currents. Background material and useful websites may be provided to assist higher level students in synthesizing current scientific research being used to project trends in current data and models.

Hurricanes and Hatchlings Don’t Mix

The overlap of hurricanes and nesting seasons in the southeastern US is a threat to the survival of sea turtle nests. Students will explore real time data to understand the relationship between storms and nesting success. They will be analyzing datasets within the SECOORA website and drawing conclusions that will enable them to predict future […]

Mystery of the Disappearing Sand

Students will explore the effects of wind, waves, and currents in the ocean as they move sediments and contribute to erosion of coastal areas. They will explore the pros and cons of beach replenishment and its effects on marine life.

Oh How, Oh How Does Your Gag Grouper Grow?

Students will be able to understand the life cycle of the Gag Grouper either by communicating with a primary grade classroom OR by viewing a background Prezi. They will then discuss the variables that affect the gag groupers chance of survival. Finally students will both use available on-line data to document the best chances for […]

Sitting on the Dock of the Bay, Watching BOB Float Away

This activity provides a citizens science approach for instituting a long-term water quality monitoring program using BOB or e-BOB. Basic Observation Buoys (BOB) provide a cost-effective means for students to design, construct, and deploy a moored or drifting data collection system that can be used to monitor four water quality parameters: Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Conductivity, […]

Surf, Swim or Stay Home

Students will explore and analyze real time data from various websites to determine if it would be a great idea for them to go surfing, swim or stay at home.

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