Students will learn what marine mammal stranding is, how to read and interpret data to determine where and why strandings are occurring, and create a PSA to raise awareness about proper response to strandings. The data used in this lesson was provided by the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network. This lesson can also be adapted […]
Much of the data available to students wanting to understand marine biology requires understanding why, where and how animals are observed. This lesson will serve to create this baseline and introduce students to real datasets. Students will discuss what data they would want to get from animals in the wild. They will work as groups […]
Summary: Around the world and throughout history, humans have impacted the Earth and its animal populations. Students will read and interpret scientific and math data involving animal populations, habitat temperature change, as it correlates to the Co2 changes from the impact of the Industrial Revolution. We attempted to include many different standards from different content […]
Scientists doing recent cetacean research around the Antarctic Peninsula have noticed that the Humpbacks whales are staying about a month longer along the Western Peninsula. Students will be asked to come up with a hypothesis for why the whales are staying longer. Then, students will look at and analyze the scientists’ whale tagging data. Students […]
Students will analyze data collected from an actual research excursion in Antarctica. Students will apply knowledge learned about ocean currents, gyres, and garbage patches, to make inferences about the presence of microplastics in Antarctica. Students will address the problem of microplastics and design a solution on a school level to raise awareness of the threat […]
This investigation will focus on the impact microplastics are making on the Gulf Coast. Water and sediment/sand samples will be collected at specific locations along the Gulf Coast and analyzed for microfibers, micro-fragments, and microbeads. Students will be comparing the amount of microplastics in each location, the type of microplastics in each location, and the areas […]
Students will analyze data using statistics to connect human population to the amount of as well as the types of microplastic found in the ecosystems of Antarctica, the Gulf of Mexico and a local fresh water source in order to create a Public Service Announcement to influence their community to reduce the use of plastics.