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NOAA lesson plans for underwater exploration

Marsha Lenz: We’re Going Fishing!, June 25, 2017

NOAA Teacher at Sea Marsha Lenz Aboard Oscar Dyson June 8-28, 2017   The Observer, the Teacher At Sea, and the Senior Survey Tech take a moment to enjoy the view. Mission: MACE Pollock Survey Geographic Area of Cruise: Gulf of Alaska Date: June 25, 2017   Weather from the Bridge The Shumagin Islands are…

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Wet Maps (pdf, 904 kb)

Grades 5-6 Focus: Bathymetric mapping (Physical Science) Students analyze and interpret data to explain how multibeam sonar is used to identify patterns of ocean floor structures; construct three-dimensional maps; and understand how multibeam sonar technology extends the measurement and exploration capacity of modern ocean exploration.

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The Oceanographic Yo-yo (pdf, 183 kb)

Grades 7-8 Focus: Ocean chemistry and hydrothermal vents (Physical Science) Students analyze and interpret data from the Okeanos Explorer to make inferences about the possible presence of hydrothermal vents; and explain how interaction with hydrothermal vents affects chemical and physical properties of seawater.

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Strange Life (pdf, 398 kb)

Grades 7-8 Focus: Biological organisms in cold seep communities (Life Science/Physical Science) Students will obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about flows and cycles of energy in cold-seep ecosystems; develop a model that describes some of the interdependent relationships in cold-seep ecosystems; and develop and use a model to explain states and changes between states of…

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Everyone Wins! (pdf, 508 kb)

Grades 9-12 Focus: Marine protected areas (Life Science) Students analyze threats to coral ecosystems, and specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for marine protected areas that account for perceived tradeoffs between conservation and fishery goals. Students discuss evidence that demonstrates how marine protected areas can enhance use as well as protection of marine resources.

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Tools for Classroom Explorers – How to Use Multibeam Sonar Data (pdf, 689 kb)

Grades 5-12 Focus: Multibeam sonar data and exploration activities during the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition missions Students describe multibeam sonar, explain why the velocity of sound in water must be measured before maps can be created with the Okeanos Explorer’s multibeam sonar system, discuss the advantages of multibeam sonar bathymetry…

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