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.
EARTH Lessons in Development
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.
The purpose of the lesson is for students to design and engineer a drifter and hypothesize and calculate stream velocity. The lesson includes an extension on how ocean currents affect oil spills.
Over the course of this project, students will be expected to collaborate and share collected data with classroom communities to create a final product that interprets possible connections on the impact of marine life and the human and natural communities in the gulf; cost of clean-up efforts and who will bear the burden of the […]
How OMZ’s (Oxygen Minimum Zones) may or may not be formed by the patterns of upwelling and downwelling in two Eastern Coastal zones – California / Oregon.
This lesson is about exploring CMOP glider data, comparing and contrasting information from different missions in terms of temperature, salinity, oxygen, and other variables. Students will demonstrate knowledge of analysis by making inferences on the data in a variety of ways.
Students will use the Phoebe Glider to explore the concepts of scale and slope. Using real-time data from the CMOP website, students will create tables and graphs.
This activity will expose students to the characteristics, functions and benefits of having gliders as tools for ocean observation. Students will investigate the movement of gliders by performing a simple simulation.
By learning about local fish habitat, students are able to understand how survivability of juvenile fish is crucial to not only the survival of their own species but to all species along the food chain which ultimately affects food sources, recreation, cultural traditions, and economy of humans.
Student pairs start the lesson with a kinaesthetic activity in which they form a gauntlet of hazards faced by salmon. One to several of the students (or the teacher) plays the salmon trying to get through the gauntlet as it makes its journey from the ocean to its spawning grounds upriver. Back in the classroom, […]
Students will study true historical events that led to the decline of different marine species. Students will discuss and analyze stories to see the need and importance of environmental monitoring and scientific ocean observation and data collection. This is even more critical as marine groups are impacted with climate variability and changes in the physical […]
This lesson will inform students of underwater land formations and how they can be used to create underwater map dances.
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 […]