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The Water Cycle and Global Warming - BioEd Online


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students trace the effects of global temperature change on oceanic surface levels through model and laboratory investigations.

Concept: Water cycle
The ocean plays a major role in the water cycle, which drives changes in weather and climate.

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What is climate? - Exploring Earth, TERC, McDougal Littell


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this interactive website, students follow prompts to explore the various factors that control global and local climate.

Concept: Climate cycles
Changes in ocean circulation patterns affect weather and climate.

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Hurricanes and Climate - Windows to the Universe


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use maps and data to learn about the connections between hurricanes and climate, including regional climate conditions, where hurricanes form and how global climate change may be affecting hurricanes.

Concept: Water cycle
The ocean plays a major role in the water cycle, which drives changes in weather and climate.

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Your Own El Nino - NOAA Education


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use a model that recreates trade winds and upwelling to illustrate the changes in circulation that are associated with the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO).

Concept: Climate cycles
Changes in ocean circulation patterns affect weather and climate.

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History's Thermometers - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students track climate changes through changes in oxygen isotopes using data from deep-sea corals.

Concept: Global climate change
Ocean processes have major effects on global climate change; global climate change could have major impacts on the ocean.

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Top to Bottom - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the possible impacts on deep sea ecosystems associated with changes in thermohaline circulation resulting from climate change.

Concept: Global climate change
Ocean processes have major effects on global climate change; global climate change could have major impacts on the ocean.

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Where have all the glaciers gone? - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students investigate how changes in climate are affecting sea-ice, vegetation, and glaciers in the arctic, region.  Students explore the “positive” and “negative” results of these changes.

Concept: Global climate change
Ocean processes have major effects on global climate change; global climate change could have major impacts on the ocean.

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Culturing Bacteria - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students collect water samples, plate the samples on suitable agar, and count bacteria colonies present in each sample to compare and contrast the types of bacteria living in a variety of aquatic environments. 

Concept: Ocean microbes
Microbes are an important component of ocean life.

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Hatch to Catch - Bigelow Laboratory and Dartmouth College


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this web-based simulation activity, students manipulate environmental variables in order to create optimal environmental conditions that will generate high “hatch” to “catch” survival rates in newly spawned lobster larvae.

Concept: Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
Abiotic processes affect ocean life.

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Open ocean euphotic zone: The Great Turtle Race - National Geographic


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students manipulate environmental factors as they play the role of a migrating turtle moving through the ocean.

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

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