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Ocean Networks


found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

The Ocean Networks’ Educator Resources are classroom and lab activities to supplement K-12 science. Search and filter by keyword, grade level or category (lesson plan, activity, lab exercise, tutorial). Clicking a resource provides an overview. Download a lesson as a PDF or Doc.

An elementary (and high school) learning module, Arctic Ocean Biodiversity  features two activities. In the first, students distinguish between species abundance and species richness. In the second, students learn how transects and quadrats are used for cataloging and documenting species in a given area. All materials, such as species cards and transect signs, are provided as PDFs.

In the first of three lessons on tsunamis, What Causes Tsunamis,  middle school students explore the mechanisms behind earthquakes and tsunamis and the relationship between them.

Fresh and Seawater Density  offers high school students a chance to discover how changes in salinity and temperature affect the density of water. The lesson is a hands-on lab and data analysis.

The website also offers Oceanography 101, an overview of the fundamental concepts of oceanography. For Students that includes video, images, audio, and a game called Digital Fishers  in which students explore whether the performance of crowd-sourcing and an automated computer algorithm for species identification and counting can be improved by giving more specific instructions. This challenge focuses on four species. The game requires free registration. And Coastbuster  that allows West Coast students report marine debris via Coastbuster for iPhone and Android.

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