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Being Productive in the Arctic Ocean - NOAA Ocean Explorer

Lesson Plan 

Students investigate the three major realms of the ocean in the Arctic region and identify limits on primary productivity in the region.

Concept: Photosynthesis
Photosynthesis by marine plants produces much of the oxygen in the atmosphere and uses much of the carbon dioxide.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 B Physical Science
Chemical reactions

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 4. The ocean makes Earth habitable (concept a)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 4 The Energy of Life 4:7-21