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Hurricane Tracking - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students select a named hurricane and plot its course using latitude and longitude data provided by National Hurricane Center reports to illustrate the concept that hurricanes originate in and travel across the ocean. Students also conduct research on the formation of their selected hurricane and the amount of damage it caused.

Concept: Ocean, weather, and climate
The ocean controls 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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Phyto or Zoo? - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students are introduced to different phytoplankton and zooplankton and build their own dichotomous key through an inquiry based lesson

Concept: Ocean life diversity
There is a high diversity of life in the ocean with a wide range of functions and interactions.

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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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Create a Bacterial Ecosystem - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this activity, students mix mud, water, a carbon source, and a sulfur source together in a clear bottle to create a stratified “column” of bacterial communities. Activity requires time to set up in the classroom as well as periodic observations as the "column" stabilizes (4-6 weeks)

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

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Where do the Critters Live? - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students investigate the influence of ocean temperature on the distribution of marine organisms by comparing online ocean temperature data to temperature tolerances of various organisms

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

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