Current models predict that the ocean’s pH will decrease through the time because of increased CO2 absorption by the ocean. Organisms that incorporate calcium into their bodies will most likely be adversely affected. In this lesson, students will realize that the ocean’s they experience today may be different from what they will share with their […]
Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between [CO2] and pH.
To collect and compare the physical measurements of the North Atlantic and the North Pacific Ocean. To use available archive data to look for patterns over time and to share results via Skype and e-mail.
This inquiry activity allows students to use the scientific method to explore the pH of various liquids and apply the results to determine the impact of fluctuations in ocean chemistry on calcifying organisms that absorb seawater and create calcium carbonate exoskeletons. Interrelationships pertaining to the Atmosphere, Lithosphere, and Hydrosphere through biogeochemical cycles may also be […]
The four labs that I have developed for the unit on ocean acidification investigate pH, the solubility of CO2 in cold and hot water, the change in pH when CO2 is added to salt and fresh water and the buffering capacity of seawater.
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
Students at ECHS will explore the Lumber Watershed that includes the local Carolina Bay Lake Waccamaw. (This lesson can be adapted to any school location by determining (teacher or students) which watershed the community belongs). Students will use a N.C. watershed map (http://18.104.22.168/Plan/NC_River_Basins_Map.htm) to find their community’s watershed. Students will determine their connection to the […]
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 […]
Students will investigate the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) and better understand the technologies of our ocean and coastal environments. Students will explore a card sort and identify various ocean observing tools and their function, analyze data output, and apply relevant media news coverage. Students will investigate how all components of the integrated ocean observing […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.