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Examine the effects of temperature and pressure on solubility and the states of matter of ocean water. Learners make inferences about the unique chemistry of ocean water at different depths. They engage in an activity related to solubility principles and complete a worksheet.
Coral Reefs are the focus of a life science lesson plan. Upper graders look at how coral reefs are formed, how the animals and plants reproduce, and the variety of ways that humans benefit from coral reefs around the world. Groups of young scholars identify the major coral reefs that are in danger due to human activities, and propose plans to reduce those negative impacts. A terrific PowerPoint presentation, and excellent weblinks are embedded in this plan.
Students explore the ocean depths. For this scenario based lesson, students pretend they are on a submarine in an unknown part of the ocean. By using clues the class discusses and determines where they are in the ocean. They follow up this activity by discussing why it is important to explore the ocean.
Students read about, discuss, and research chemotrophic organisms. In this chemosynthesis lesson, students discuss the differences between photosynthesis and chemosynthesis. They learn that chemosynthesis includes a variety of chemical reactions and they research some of the organisms that conduct chemosynthesis.
Students define marine food webs. In this marine food web lesson, students explain why food is scarce in deep-ocean environments. They discuss how Orange Roughy are able to obtain sufficient food in a deep-ocean environment.
Students discuss reproduction in Cnidaria. in this coral reef instructional activity, students describe five characteristics of Cnidaria and compare and contrast the four classes. They describe the reproduction strategies they use. 
Learners explain bioluminescence. In this life science lesson, students discuss bioluminescence and conjure examples of organisms that carry this trait and how it is useful in their environment.
Students compare and contrast submarine volcanoes at convergent and divergent plate boundaries, infer kinds of living organisms that may be found around hydrothermal vents, and describe ways in which scientists may prepare to explore unknown areas.
Students explore the plate boundaries of the earth. Through the use of video, internet and hands-on activities, students examine the types of plate boundaries. They create a model to illustrate the movement and interaction of the plates. Cross-curricular activities available.
Learners explain the concept of paleoclimatological proxies. In this oxygen isotope lesson, students interpret data and make inferences about climate changes in the geologic past.
Students study deep sea exploration and underwater geology, specifically hydrothermal sea vents. They create digital video projects of their own to demonstrate their knowledge, illustrating the discoveries of the explorers of the ocean's abyss.
In groups of three with the lights off and the shades drawn, investigators place inactivated light sticks, in three beakers: one filled with ice water, another with lukewarm water, and the other with room temperature water. They wait several minutes and then activate the sticks, comparing their brightness. Using a digital camera, they continue to make observations over 15-minute intervals. This is a terrific experiment to do with beginning chemists around Halloween, when light sticks are easily available.
Students discover the uniqueness of deep sea hydrothermal vent organisms through an exploration of the NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition. They study the genetics and evolution of a shrimp species that lives near the vents then they design another species of shrimp that could survive in a different portion of the rift.
Young scholars study the biology and morphology of Lophelia corals.  In this investigative lesson students explain how the coral contributes to communities, and create a poster.  
Students analyze and discuss how water currents affect the food captured by particle feeders. Students brainstorm other environmental factors that might affect the growth of corals.
Pupils examine the characteristics of the ocean floor and the importance of of extreme environments.  In this investigative lesson students use four methods to sample populations, gather, record and analyze data from a scientific investigation. 
For this lesson sixth grade students get into groups and research a given ocean habitat. The major features of cold-seep communities are the objective but plenty information is given about other habitats which could be assigned to multiple groups in your classroom.
Students examine biological diversity and see how it relates to the concepts of variety and relative abundance.  In this investigative lesson plan students view a video on biodiversity and complete an activity. 
Students study benthic communities in the Gulf of Mexico and explain their roles.  In this investigative lesson students participate in a group activity and study how to calculate and index of biological communities. 
Students describe major features of cold seep communities  and list organisms that are found in these communities.  In this water habitat lesson students examine trophic levels, describe the process of chemosynthesis and list the organisms that are found in these habitats. 

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