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High schoolers study how to interpret a bathymetric map. They study the main features of the continental margin. They plot and graph bathymetric data. They think about and discuss the bathymetry of the edge of the cont
Young scholars stud the concept of Pangaea by using Wegener's clues to construct a map of the continents joined together. They determine how fossil distribution can be used to enhance the study of continental drift. They locate the following and mark them on a world outline map; Urals, Alps, Iceland, San Andreas fault, Andes mountains, volcanoes in Italy.
If you are teaching physical oceanography to middle school earth scientists, here is a terrific multiple choice worksheet. Learners look at a diagram of a landscape created by glacial sediment deposition and the resulting ocean floor. They also analyze a diagram depicting both a breakwater and a groin built on a beach and the effect on the incoming waves. Certainly, your class will apply critical thinking skills when completing this assigment.
Practice reading comprehension by approaching oceanography through 2 pages of informational text. The text compares the ocean floor to the Grand Canyon to gives students perspective, and gives a brief coverage of the earth's crust and ocean floor characteristics. Ten true/false questions follow, prompting students on direct recall and comprehension. To add interest, consider some pre-reading activities, such as guessing words that will appear in the text!
Middle school earth scientists describe the behavior of the Coriolis force. They compare and contrast conditions under which the Coriolis force has a significant impact with conditions under which it has very little. They model the Coriolis force with water and buckets to reinfoce the concepts, and then afterwards write a one-page report together. This resource incorporates a variety of methods for learning!
Students research the basic morphology of Lophelia corals and polyps to determine the significance of these organisms. They detail the reasons that biological communities are focusing on the Lophelia corals as major conservation efforts.
Learners explore and model the characteristics of the ocean floor and near shore environments through in-class demonstrations, laboratory activities, and internet research. They use classroom materials to research the characteristics of the ocean floor and report this information to the class.
Marine biology beginners read about the 2005 Florida Coast Deep Corals expedition, research phylum Cnidaria, and then report on a specific coral deep-sea coral group. There is an abundance of background information and internet resources to keep your class exploring coral for days!
Students compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science lesson, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. Students examine the habitats and life found near oceanic hot vents to determine if conditions on Jupiter's moons are life sustaining. Students will use evidence to write a paper stating if they believe life could or could not live on one of Jupiter's moons.
Students explore the process of chemosynthesis and relate it to the biological communities in cold seeps. In this biochemistry lesson students interpret analyses of enzyme activity and draw inferences about organisms in cold seep communities.
Students investigate and analyze the patterns of sedimentation in the Hudson Canyon students observe how heavier particles sink faster than finer particles. They study that submarine landslides (trench slope failure) are
Students compare and contrast deep sea and shallow water coral reefs. They describe the three types of coral in deep sea coral reefs. They discover why there is a need to protect the coral reefs for the future.
Young scholars explain the process and significance of chemosynthesis. They develop their own graphic based on data of a biological community. They estimate the age of a given species as well.
Students examine a world map and read a news article about the discovery of a giant frog fossil. In this earth science and current event lesson, the teacher introduces an article with a discussion about continental drift and a vocabulary activity, then students read the news report and participate in a discussion about Pangaea. Lesson includes interdisciplinary follow-up activities.
Young scholars study North Carolina's changing coastline during the Paleoindian and Archaic periods and determine the positions of the coastline at different times and decide what types of archaeological information has been lost due to rising sea levels.
Students discover the relationship between tectonic plate boundaries and the communities of life that thrive at such boundaries. In this biology lesson, students find that methane from oxidized carbon in sediments provides nutrients for deep ocean communities. This lesson includes an experiment, vocabulary, extensive background information, and multiple web resources.
Elementary schoolers identify the ocean floor in a geological sense. They create a presentation that highlights the key features of the ocean floor. This terrific lesson plan has excellent streaming video segments embedded in it, and the activities are clearly-explained. A fantastic educational resource!
High schoolers explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. In this gene lesson plan, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
Students investigate tectonic plates.  In this geology and geography lesson plan, students construct convergent, divergent, and transform boundaries using oobleck, foam, and tile. A large amount of background information and relevant website resources are provided for teachers and students.
Students investigate the differences and similarities between shallow-water and deep-sea coral reefs.  In this coral reef lesson, students research and compare the characteristics of reefs.  Students describe various lifeforms in coral reefs.

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