Marine Science Teacher Resources

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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.
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.
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.
Students view and manipulate microorganisms in sea water. In this marine science lesson, students investigate the response of bacteria to changes in pH, temperature, and contamination.  Students share their results with the class and graph the survival rate of the microorganisms.
Young scholars 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.
Learners 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. 
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.
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.
Young scholars use math to help them understand hurricanes. In this problem solving instructional activity, students study wind speeds and the relationship they have in weather patterns that cause hurricanes. They will create graphs and analyze the data.
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 lesson 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.
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. 
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.
Students explore Earth science by conducting a water experiment. In this ocean properties instructional activity, 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.
Students 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.
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.
In this beach profile worksheet, middle schoolers use profiling data they collected to graph a side view of the beach area they studied.  They observe the changes in the beach over time and the effects of the seasons on the shoreline.
In this speed of currents worksheet, students investigate the speed of long-shore currents by using an orange, a meter stick and a watch to monitor the movement of the orange in the ocean currents.

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