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 […]
EARTH Lesson Plans
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.
Students will analyze microplastic data collected in two locations in Antarctica; discover types of microplastics found in the marine environment; represent this data in three types of graphs then draw conclusions from the data.
This 5E lesson on glaciers opens with a clip from Ice Age and a demonstration of glacial melt involving ice cubes on various surfaces. For the Exploration, students execute experiments to model environmental conditions on glacial melt through using flubber, concluding with a webquest to connect these concepts to glaciers and changes in climate overall. Next, students graph […]
Students will explore the history, climate, and ecosystem of Antarctica as they access various documents and real scientific data collected by researchers during field experiences along the West Antarctic Peninsula. Significant events in Antarctic Exploration, Research, Technology, and Policy will be discussed and relevant concepts and principles relevant to climate and polar literacy standards will […]
The use of technology is critical in studying Humpback whales. Students will explore the use of tagging technologies in the research being conducted in the southern ocean around Antarctica. Students will simulate this tagging data in the classroom and will need to analyze, model, and interpret their data.
This lesson allows students to access personal narratives of marine scientists talking about the equipment that they use to study the ocean and the data that they collected. Students will use a VoiceThread with short scientist videos and pictures of their data to deepen their understanding of the process of science.
Help the penguins find their lunch! Students will be solving the Adelie Penguin Mystery of the missing lunch based on the data collected in Antarctica by Dr. Josh Kohut. The clues will help the class unlock the boxes and solve the mystery with the BreakoutEDU game platform. Students will work collaboratively to problem solve and […]
The lesson incorporates the Polar Literacy Standards with Polar Ice Data Stories (data from scientists in polar regions) as a game that culminates with student creation of a research project that is voted on for funding by their peers. Students will investigate differences between Arctic and Antarctic regions through game questions and analyze data provided […]
What does the color of the water tell you about conditions in marine and freshwater environments? What are the variables that affect that color? In this lesson students will participate in a variety of activities that allows them to brainstorm what impacts the color of our global water. They will perform research, analyze graphs and […]
Underwater gliders used by scientists are the future of oceanic exploration. Follow the steps in this mini-unit to learn about data collected off the coast of Antarctica and how science and technology blend to collect data where humans cannot venture. Students will also engage in an engineering design challenge to assist scientists as they continue […]
This activity provides an opportunity for students to use various resources including hands-on lab, vector analysis and a case study to determine what caused the massive bird death in Monterey Bay.
This activity will help familiarize student with methods scientists use to study the ocean floor, and will encourage them to pose and investigate their own questions about the ocean.
Marine debris, especially plastics, are transported through the watershed via wind and water currents. Eventually, they end up in the ocean where they have a direct negative impact on marine life and an indirect negative impact on human life. In this lesson, students will collect debris on their school grounds,“x” number of miles from the […]
Students will learn about oil-eating bacteria. They will determine the best environmental conditions necessary for oil digestion.
In 2010, the BP Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon exploded releasing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Many physical ocean characteristics can effect the flow of the oil. In this activity students will look at the surface winds of 2 buoys in the Gulf of Mexico and graph the data.
Using scientific inquiry, students will use Voice Thread to communicate their observations about various physical components of a watershed.
We use models to understand and predict behaviour. We model the weather; designs for ocean going ships, airplanes, bridges and automobiles. The dynamics associated with the movement water in a river estuary is the focus of this investigation. In this lesson we are going to look at the process of creating a model for tracking […]
The physics lesson demonstrates how classic physics equations, such as measuring the volume of water flowing through a pipe, can be applied to real-world situations. This lesson will teach students how to predict the volume of water that will flow through the inlet of the Columbia River between high and low tides.