Learning how to access ocean float data and interpreting graphs

In this introductory lesson, students will become familiar with accessing and reading float data. Working in teams, students will use the Argo Fleet Monitoring website to access information about a float of their choice, analyze and interpret data, and communicate findings in a creative way. This lesson can be used as a springboard for asking more complex questions and using float data to find answers.



Alexandra Boitor, Teresa Butler-Doran, Stephanie Kearney

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Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
  • Energy and matter
Core Ideas
  • ESS1.B: Earth and the Solar System
  • LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 1.E: Most of Earth’s water (97%) is in the ocean. Seawater has unique properties: it is saline, its freezing point is slightly lower than fresh water, its density is slightly higher, its electrical conductivity is much higher, and it is slightly basic.