Where did the sparkle go?

Part I

What happened to the “sparkle” in the Mosquito Bay?  Student groups will investigate the current hypotheses/claims as to why the Mosquito Bay has gone dark.  Students will gather information from the internet to investigate claims/hypotheses about why scientists feel the dinoflagellates in the Mosquito Bay are no longer glowing.  After the students have collected their information, they will prepare an infographic, prezi, or powerpoint to share with their classmates.

Part II

In this lesson the students will use real-time data, archived data and published papers to explore the possible causes of a decline in bioluminescent dinoflagelettes in Mosquito Bay, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.  The students will read a news article about an event and data mine the article for possible causes. Working in groups, they will explore each claim using a combination of buoy data and professional papers.  After completing their work, the students will create an info-graphic display to showcase their findings.

With the amount of bad science and the number of false claims presented by the media these days it’s important for students to understand how to gather their own information and use it to develop their own beliefs and ideas.

Authors: Michelle Smith, Mary Keymel, Shawn Chesser, Katrina Alegado; EARTH 2014


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