EARTH Lesson Drafts—2013

Digging up the Dirt on Microbes

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 […]

Getting STOQ’d about HOTS Graphs

Students will communicate information about properties of the ocean by using the HOTs-DOGS and STOQS interface to create graphs and analyze data. Students will use a web browser to access HOTs-DOGS and STOQS to create graphs. Students will indentify the properties of graphs such as independent/dependent variables, domain and range, correlation, and how ordered pairs […]

HOT DOG TOSS

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 […]

Living Life to the Extreme

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 […]

Science and Literacy

Students will be answering the question “What happened to the sardines?” They will read and examine a scientific study as their primary source, a review article in Nature International Journal of Science as their secondary source, search the internet for additional information, gather real-time from HOTS, analyze data and come to a conclusion as to […]

Visualization, Interpretation, and Communication of Scientific Data (VICSD)

Students will explore, interpret and communicate scientific data by using various scientific observations and visualizations. By using data and crosscutting concepts to bridge core ideas throughout the fields of science and engineering, students will develop skills needed to deepen their understanding of connections and intellectual tools, and develop a coherent and scientifically based view of […]

What’s in the Water?

Students explore the possible influence of bacteria and presence of available nutrients on plankton abundance and diversity through plankton tows, water quality testing and use of real to near-real time data. This lesson begins to help students understand the impact and relationship of anthropogenic and natural forces on plankton.

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