Marine Science Teacher Resources
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Melissa Tukey-Operation Beach Teach-Introduction
Fourth graders engage in this introduction to an integrated marine science unit which culminates in an early fall trip to Hammocks Beach State Park. The unit is designed to hook students into science and provide joyful learning across the curriculum.
Marine biology apprentices interpret data of sturgeon interaction with gill nets. They use the data to calculate the percentage of fish entangled in each twine size to discover if there is any correlation. This is a valuable exercise in analyzing actual data. You can use it in marine science or even in a general biology or environmental course.
Oyster Gardens - No Soil Required!
Explore the practice of oyster gardening. Because oysters play a vital role in marine ecosystems and their populations have declined, biologists are transplanting oyster seed to repopulate reefs. After learning about this practice, learners are supposed to examine Maryland Sea Grant Oyster Garden Data. The link is not valid, but the data is easily located online. You can use this resource in a marine science or general biology class when teaching about populations or conservation.
Big Things in Small Packages
High schoolers view and manipulate microorganisms in sea water. In this marine science lesson plan, students investigate the response of bacteria to changes in pH, temperature, and contamination. High schoolers share their results with the class and graph the survival rate of the microorganisms.
Where Are All the Fish?
Students identify the problems that marine life is facing today. In this marine science lesson, students explain how Marine Protected Areas can help the ocean and the fish. They brainstorm ways to help in the conservation effort.
Career Exploration in Marine Science and Technology
Students research marine science and technology career paths. In this career exploration lesson students will examine marine science and technologies within that field. Students will perform an online investigation and discuss their findings. Students will publish their findings in a brochure or other print material and present them to the class.
Field Trip - Marine Science Institute
Students discover the ocean life of the San Francisco Bay. In this ocean lesson, students take a Discovery Voyage of the Bay ecosystem through the Marine Science Institute. Also available are inland voyages, ocean labs, and tidepool expeditions.
Rapa River Watch
Assess the risk of introducing a non-native species of snail to four different estuaries. Lab groups conduct research as habitat evaluation and present their conclusions to the class. The resource has a comprehensive booklet containing background information, worksheets, and an answer key. This would be useful if you are looking for a simulation of how ecologists make decisions.
Careers in Aquatics
Students discuss careers related to aquatic or marine science. They write a report called "A Day in the Life of a (blank)." After reports are completed, if possible a person working in the field of aquatic or marine science is invited to talk with the class.
Students explore the concept of drought and its significance as a natural hazard. In this drought lesson plan, students complete 13 questions on an "Introduction to Drought as an Ecosystem Stressor" worksheet and discuss the responses as a class.
Students use math to help them understand hurricanes. In this problem solving lesson, students study wind speeds and the relationship they have in weather patterns that cause hurricanes. They will create graphs and analyze the data.
Blue Crabs - The Blue Crab's Chesapeake Journey
A plethora of information about the blue crabs of Chesapeake Bay will amaze and delight your marine biologists. They learn, through direct instruction, about the characteristics and life cycle of this fascinating arthropod. A highlight of this instructional activity is an analysis of actual data on the whereabouts of the crab at the larval stage, the juvenile stage, and adults. Links to four worksheets and many other resources are embedded into the lesson plan.
Conductivity - Pass the Buoy and Pepper, Please
Buoys around our coastlines are equipped with sensory devices which monitor temperature, salinity, and water pressure. Emerging earth scientists examine some of this data and relate salinity to the electrical conductivity of the surface of the ocean. A worksheet is provided to guide your oceanographers through this data analysis, and there is also a link to an online salinity calculator.
Ghostbusting in the Chesapeake
Ghost pots, fishing gear lost during crabbing expeditions, continue to trap crabs that are never collected. Increase your budding ecologists' awareness of human impact on the environment as well as conservation efforts using this resource. Links to an interesting video, a slide show, actual fishing gear data, and a worksheet are provided. You can use this not only in a marine biology unit, but also in any situation where you want to get learners thinking about human impact.
High schoolers define and explain how droughts can affect a coastal area. They examine how drought-like conditions relate to water temperature in the Pacific Ocean. They analyze data to gather information about streamflow and drought conditions in selected areas.
The Bottom of the Ocean
Students explore Earth science by conducting a water experiment. In this ocean properties lesson, students identify the causes of waves and tsunamis and read assigned text about ocean science. Students utilize water and a dish in class to complete a wave experiment.
Using photographs and a coral reef identification key, junior marine biologists compare changes in coral cover for a No-Take Area and the surrounding unprotected area. The data that is collected is then analyzed for richness, Shannon-Wiener Index, and evenness. Additional resources, extension ideas, and all pictures and worksheets are provided to make this an abundant lesson plan.
The Coral Reef Cake: An Activity for K-12 Earth Science or Biology Classes
Learners watch a slide show presentation of a Coral Reef and discuss its inhabitants. They make a coral reef cake demonstrating the layers and components using different foods.
Students use adding machine tape to plot increasing ocean depths and deep sea historical events.
Scallops - The Scoop on Scallops
Activate your future scientists' minds by teaching them about scallops, then give them an opportunity to analyze scallop populations within and outside of protected ocean areas. If you want to explore the effects of protecting ecosystems, this is an ideal activity. A thorough introduction is provided. Use this in a marine biology unit, or in an ecology unit about preservation.