Continental Shelf Teacher Resources
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Students explore the ocean. In this earth science lesson, students research the Internet for information regarding ocean, beach, continental shelf, and trenches.
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!
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 identify ocean features and draw a profile using data points on a map. Through discussion and research, they discover the importance of oceanography and plot a profile of the ocean floor in search for a vessel full of precious metals. After completing worksheets, they construct ocean models using small aquariums, sand, and water.
Plant and animal life of the ocean is the focus of this science lesson. Young scientists sort a variety of seashells and explore why many sea animals have shells. They examine the shells, write journal entries highlighting the characteristics of the shells, and match up pictures of sea animals with the shells that they use.
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.
Pupils investigate how the ocean floor is mapped by using sonar-sound waves. They explain how the ocean floor helps scientists to conclude how the oceans formed.
Eighth graders determine the location of specific features of the stimulated ocean floor. The features include the continental shelf, continental slope, an ocean trench, and a mid-oceaniz ridge.
Students research questions pertaining to ecology and biology of shallow and deep water corals. In this investigative lesson student get into groups and design questions that will expand their knowledge of corals.
Amazing high-quality satellite imagery, photos, informational graphs, and detailed diagrams comprise this presentation on the movement of estuaries and the continental shelf. Data used as an example is from The Chesapeake Bay and because such meticulous records have been kept, this is an illuminating study. Use it with AP or college level environmental science or earth science courses. Note: This presentation is not a slide show, but rather a pdf document of 35 "slides" that you scroll through.
Life in the Bering Sea, food webs, and the ocean ecosystem are introduced with a map activity. The instructional activity starts as kids explore maps and images of the Bering Sea, then it kicks into high gear as they start to discuss the types of organisms that live there. The class is then given a list of organisms or components of the Bering Sea ecosystem that they will research, findings will be written on index cards and will include four defining characteristics. A reading activity follows the research project and includes a drawing task, where they illustrate the ecosystem and food web.
In small groups, energy engineers research and make a topographic map of a marine natural resource. They report to the rest of the class pros and cons of extracting their assigned resource. The two activities may take up to four class periods for middle schoolers to complete. Very attractive professional-quality handouts are provided for class members.
Young scholars examine the changes in the North Carolina coastline thousands of years ago. They determine the coastline's position during the Paleo-Indian and Archaic periods. Students complete an activity sheet about the various sea levels in time periods.
In this seafloor worksheet, students describe the different structures found on the seafloor. This worksheet has 6 short answer and 6 matching questions.
Students study earthworms and record their observations on a data table. In this investigative lesson students test things to see what earthworms prefer in their environment.
In this seafloor worksheet, students review the terms associated with formations found on the seafloor including sea mounts and seafloor spreading. This worksheet has 8 fill in the blank questions.
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 can explain the causes of a tsunami and its effects. In this tsunami instructional activity, students create a tsunami generator. Students create waves with a metal plate. students create houses and find which designs last best in a tsunami. Students complete four trial of each building created. Students discuss results.
Students explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. For this gene lesson, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
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