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Continental Margin Teacher Resources
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Students 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.
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!
High schoolers 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.
Young scholars compare deep ocean conditions to those found on the moons of Jupiter. In this Earth science instructional activity, students consider the possibilities and conditions needed to support simple life. Young scholars 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 discover the relationship between tectonic plate boundaries and the communities of life that thrive at such boundaries. In this biology lesson plan, students find that methane from oxidized carbon in sediments provides nutrients for deep ocean communities. This lesson plan 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!
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.
Learners examine marine archaeology. In this archaeological data instructional activity, students see how archaeologists use data to make inferences about shipwrecks. Learners read data and make their own inferences, write about marine life and artifacts found at shipwreck sites. Students explore online sites and summarize their findings.
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!
Learners describe factors that affect the solubility of a chemical substance in seawater. In this sea environment instructional activity, student explain how information on the solubility of a substance can be used to measure water currents. They will prepare an analyses of the pooled class data after the investigations.
Learners describe major features of cold-seep communities and the process of chemosynthesis as it relates to organisms in each habitat. In this deep-sea habitats lesson, students study the categorization of ocean habitats according to their ocean zone. Learners then study the contrast between communities dependent on chemosynthesis with those dependent on photosynthesis. Students then study how the ocean and humans are interconnected and how the ocean sustains life on Ear