Ocean Acidification; Investigating Data
MIDDLE SCHOOL LESSON:
This activity was written with a middle school audience in mind, and provides an introduction to ocean acidification using a video from the California Academy of Sciences. After the introduction, students are guided through a yearlong, seasonal sampling of 1 or more bodies of water in their geographical area (the Pacific Coast of Northwest Oregon is the one used in the lesson). Next, students use data collected from a buoy off the coast of Washington state to analyze and interpret possible cause and effect of changing patterns in pH levels in the ocean. Finally, students will create a hypothesis and ask a question regarding ocean acidity levels as a jump-off point for their year long investigation.
Authors: Annie Forman & Erik Fowler; EARTH 2018
- Overview presentation
- OA Intro and Regional Study Lesson Plan
- Ocean Acidification Lesson Rubric
HIGH SCHOOL LESSON:
Assuming teacher has introduced basic concepts of climate change (NASA), ocean acidification and environmental impacts (CA Academy of Sciences) and the pH scale (CU Boulder PhET simulation), students will explore recent and live data from buoys and oceanographic research vessels (scientists doing science) – including calculating mean/median of a data set (reinforcing basic statistics, reading and interpreting data and graphs), making predictions about pH (claim/evidence/reasoning), understanding both natural and anthropogenic factors on oceanic pH (variables in science), and reviewing known impacts to marine ecosystems.