EARTH Lesson Drafts—2015

Albatross Arithmetic

Using data collected from research on short tailed albatross, students will observe, infer from, question and analyze data to learn if actual research hypotheses were supported.  Students will become exposed to marine bird research techniques including satellite tracking and the use of Google Earth as a scientific tool.   Students will be engaged in mathematical practice, […]

Aurasma Tutorial

Aurasma, available on a variety of mobile devices, is a free web-based app that is used to create augmented reality (AR) experiences on a computer as well as a mobile device.  Augmented reality differs from virtual reality in that it does not seek to simulate reality.  Instead, the goal of augmented reality is to add […]

Bycatch Design Challenge

Students will be introduced to the issue of bycatch in the fishing industry by learning about albatrosses getting caught on fishermen’s hooks.  They will also learn about the methods that scientists and fisherman have developed to reduce albatross bycatch.  Next, students will be presented with the problem of designing a net that will reduce bycatch […]

Can You Hear Me Now?

In this lesson students are going to compare sound data to the length of the animal making that sound. The students will try to make a correlation between the frequency and the length of the animal, which will lead to a discussion/exploration of the connection between frequency and wavelength. This lesson falls into the greater […]

Carrying Capacity in Pico-phytoplankton

In this lesson, students will use graphs from experiments conducted by researchers at MBARI to estimate carrying capacity.  They will compare their estimates to actual carrying capacities generated from a Logistic Growth Model and analyze the resulting trend of increasing nutrient concentration on population size. Students will communicate their analyses in writing and/or in a […]

Don’t Be Trashy

Marine debris is defined as any persistent solid material that is manufactured or processed and directly or indirectly, intentionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned into the marine environment or the Great Lakes.  This activity will serve as a catalyst for students to derive connections between their actions and the impact on the environment.  Students […]

Hitchhiker’s Guide to Marine Debris

How does marine debris from a tsunami affect the ocean and shorelines?  Scientists are actively studying the affects of the earthquake that hit Japan in March 2011 and marine debris is continuing to wash ashore on the Pacific Coast of North America and Hawai`i. Students will be exploring the affects of a tsunami with marine […]

Making Air Out of Oceans

In this two-part lesson, students will create a graph using data collected by scientists (Dr. Alex Worden and Dr. Amy Zimmerman) to test their predictions about the effects of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) on the abundance of phytoplankton (Ostreococcus) in the world’s oceans.  Students will then use a blank world and an interactive map database […]

N/P Student Lab Experiment

This lesson provides students the opportunity to design an experiment to determine the effects of nitrogen and phosphorus in common garden fertilizers on the growth of a population of phytoplankton. Photosynthesis by phytoplankton plays a vital role in the transfer of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the global ecosystems. In this unit study of nutrient […]

Rating the Growth of Pico-phytoplankton

Ecologists often study the populations of organisms and how their rates increase or decrease. These interactions between organisms and their environments shape the reproduction of the organisms and therefore their environment as well. Population growth is not dynamic but instead depends upon multiple factors both abiotic and biotic. The scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium […]


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