Related: OLP#2: The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth.
LESSON PLANS AND ACTIVITIES
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/ Deep Earth Academy/Consotrium for Ocean leadership
Students read about “down-hole logging” technology, in which instruments are lowered from the drilling ship into the hole after cores have been removed to measure physical properties that reveal more about sea floor sediments and rocks. They then examine sample logs to note patterns and interpret the data. For more information: www.deepearthacademy.org
/ Deep Earth Academy/Consortium for Ocean Leadership
In this introductory activity, students analyze core sample data to identify sediment composition on the ocean floor. They use Google Earth to make their own qualitative observations that help them determine the types of sediments that make up the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. For more information, www.deepearthacademy.org
/ NOAA Ocean Explorer
A curriculum for teachers of Grades 6-12 that takes lesson plans that were developed for NOAA Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer Web Site and presents them in a comprehensive scope and sequence through subject area categories that cut across individual expeditions.
For more information: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov.
/ COSEE-Central Gulf of Mexico
This activity can be used for the study of currents with special attention on the Loop current of the Gulf of Mexico.
For more information: http://cosee-central-gom.org.
In this activity, students will be able to identify the natural processes that produce methane, describe where methane deposits are located in the Arctic region, explain how warmer climates may affect Arctic methane deposits, explain how the release of large volumes of methane might affect Earth’s climate, and describe how methane releases may have contributed to mass extinction events in Earth’s geologic history.
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/ Deep Earth Academy/ Consortium for Ocean Leadership
In this activity, students graph and analyze data from sediments collected off the coast of Santa Barbara, California to determine whether this information can be used to study historical climate change. For more information, www.deepearthacademy.org
/ COSEE-Ocean Systems
This supplement was developed for university level students, but can be adapted for middle and high school students. This supplement to Oceanography magazine focuses on educational approaches to help engage students in learning and offers a collection of hands-on/minds-on activities for teaching physical concepts that are fundamental in oceanography. These key concepts include density, pressure, buoyancy, heat and temperature, and gravity waves.
For more information: http://cosee.umaine.edu .
/ NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project
Five lessons at increasing levels of sophistication incorporate real data from NOAA to help students understand how sea level is measured and monitored. For more information: http://www.dataintheclassroom.org.
/ Deep Earth Academy/Constortium for Ocean Leadership
Students use foram “bio cards” to read and interpret authentic scientific data and build a graphic representation to unlock ancient history stored within sediment cores from the western equatorial Pacific. For more information: www.deepearthacademy.org
Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association /
Students investigate the relationship between the size of the wave and depth to which the effects of its energy can be observed. For more information: http://secoora.org and http://secoora.org/classroom/virtual_wave/wave_size_depth .
Students will describe how climate change is affecting sea ice, vegetation, and glaciers in the Arctic region, explain how changes in the Arctic climate can produce global impacts, and will be able to provide three examples of such impacts. Students will also explain how a given impact resulting from climate change may be considered ‘positive’ as well as ‘negative’, and will be able to provide at least one example of each.
Hands-on activity: Make a photocube showing changes in glaciers.
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