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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.

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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




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.

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Tragedy of Commons Game - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students play the role of fishermen to demonstrate how overfishing can occur.

Concept: Humans affect the ocean
Humans affect the ocean and therefore must protect it.

Education Standards




The Drill on the Spill: Learning About the Gulf Oil Leak in the Lab - New York Times, The Learning Network


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil spill by accessing high quality data-based models and maps on the New York Times website. They also develop a research question about oil spills or clean-up technology and design a lab investigation to answer the question.

Concept: Humans affect the ocean
Humans affect the ocean and therefore must protect it.

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Kure Waste Chase - Jean Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventures, PBS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this web-based game, students explore various habitats of the ocean, collect harmful marine debris and learn which organisms are affected by the debris.

Concept: Humans affect the ocean
Humans affect the ocean and therefore must protect it.

Education Standards




Dead Zone Model - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students add fertilizer to pond, river, or estuarine water and compare results to a control treatment with no added fertilizer to simulate how algal blooms and dead zones occur in coastal bodies of water due to nutrient pollution.

Concept: Humans and the coast
Coastal areas and humans are particularly interconnected.

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What Affects Dead Zones? - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore scenarios in real datasets to investigate how physics and biology interact to produce Dead Zones of various sizes and durations.

Concept: Humans and the coast
Coastal areas and humans are particularly interconnected.

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Coral Reefs: Photoquadrats on a Transect - COSEE Coastal Trends and National Park Service


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students will use pictures of a coral reef transect to graph the percentage of cover for that section of reef.

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

Education Standards





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