Using comic strips to communicate how floats are used to study the ocean.

In all stages of science communication, from childhood interest, to secondary education, to professionals and research, illustrators step in to translate the information into materials that fit the needs of individuals at every level of understanding.

This lesson is intended as an introduction to the use of floats in the ocean. Students will create a comic strip based on how we can measure the ocean with a float.



Joanna Chierici

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Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Cause and effect
  • Systems and system models

Core Ideas

  • ESS3.D Global Climate Change
  • ETS2.A: Interdependence of Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 7.B: Understanding the ocean is more than a matter of curiosity. Exploration, inquiry and study are required to better understand ocean systems and processes.
  • 7.D: New technologies, sensors and tools are expanding our ability to explore the ocean. Ocean scientists are relying more and more on satellites, drifters, buoys, subsea observatories and unmanned submersibles.