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Polar seas: Polar Regions: Arctic Adaptations and Global Impact - National Geographic X-Peditions


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students conduct research to learn about adaptations of organisms in polar environments.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

Education Standards




Estuaries: Give Me Shelter - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students observe the feeding behavior and success rate of blue gill feeding on brine shrimp in two different environments; one with seagrass and one without.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Estuaries: Predator Prey Interaction - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the role of seagrass as habitats.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Estuaries: Larvae Feeding - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students play the role of feeding fish to demonstrate how striped bass larvae feed on copepods, their zooplankton prey, and how larvae are preyed upon by bigger fish.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Wetlands: Marsh Elevation - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this field investigation, students visit a local wetland to explore plant zonation. Students construct a transect, use quadrats to count grass species, and graph their findings.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Wetlands: The Fragile Fringe - USGS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore wetlands through a series of lessons ranging from wetland identification to investigating the beneficial functions of wetlands and causes of wetland loss.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Rocky intertidal: Monitoring the Intertidal with Life-Sized Photos - Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use photo quadrats of a real rocky shoreline to investigate the zonation of organisms in the rocky intertidal zone. Note: links to photo quadrats and organism ID guide are listed in the Materials section.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Kelp: Kelp Forest Lesson Plan - UCLA Ocean Globe


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this series of lessons, students learn about the algae kelp, locations of kelp forests, and compare and contrast the features of kelp forests with terrestrial forests.  

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




The Benthic Drugstore - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students identify and investigate the importance of pharmacologically active chemicals found in specific marine invertebrate species.

Concept: Ocean affects humans
The ocean affects human life in many ways. The ocean provides many resources for humans.

Education Standards




Ocean Power - U.S. Department of Energy


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students investigate methods used to generate energy from physical ocean processes as well as design an Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) system.

Concept: Ocean affects humans
The ocean affects human life in many ways. The ocean provides many resources for humans.

Education Standards





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