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Chemosynthetic communities of cold seep areas are considered in this lesson plan. Working in collaborative groups, marine biology or oceanography learners research and prepare a report about oxidation-reduction reactions involved with chemosynthesis. This topic can be taught in a chemistry course, a biology course, or an earth science course.
Read through the extensive background information and then lead your geology or physical oceanography class through an investigation of actual temperature anomaly data from the Juan de Fuca ridge. They translate the data onto a plot, giving them a contour drawing of a hydrothermal plume. Resource links and extension ideas are included in the lesson plan, which may be used as an enrichment activity to enhance your normal curriculum.
Students study earthquakes and how sediment accumulations are used for past information on earthquakes.  For this earthquake lesson students interpret sediment cores and describe turbidites. 
Students share their science expertise with elementary students in a conference format. Elementary students rotate through sessions of different science disciplines (Biology, Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Computers).
Students identify geologic features that are associated with volcanoes.  In this volcanic exploration lesson students compare and contrast convergent and divergent volcanoes and are able to explain why some erupt more explosively.
Analyze and graph oxygen isotope ratios in coral samples in relation to the distance from the outer skeleton edge. Compare the data to the mean monthly water temperatures. Uncover whether or not there is any correlation. In addition to instructions and handout for the activity, there are several resource links to background information and details on the associated Trondheimsfjorden expedition, during which this data was collected. Use this in your high school biology class. 
Extensive background on marine navigation is provided for you as the teacher. Assign groups to research marine navigation techniques and construct astrolabes. Resource links are listed for extension ideas. If you are teaching an oceanography course, this will be a valuable addition to your curriculum.
As individuals or in small groups, marine biologists research and discuss archaea and their unusual behavior as compared to bacteria. Teach them about the chemical makeup of the cell membrane of these strange organisms. This complex lesson requires prior understanding of plate tectonics and hydrothermal vents, lipid biomarkers, and the Lost City expedition. You can find other supporting lessons via the Lesson Planet website or at
Students build a database with information from their data sets on different water samples. In groups, they locate coordinates found on a GPS system and analyze the differences in habitats from climate changes. They discover how non-point pollution affects Santa Monica Bay and use data from today to predict future events.
Students use fundamental relationships between melting points, boiling points, solubility, temperature and pressure to develop explanations.  In this chemistry lesson students complete an activity. 
Students set up science journals. In this science lesson plan, students read selected science-related newspaper and magazine articles. Students follow a rubric that lays out the written form requirements for responses to the current events science articles.
Students listen to sounds using a device made of a cup then identify sounds from marine animals.  For this acoustics lesson students complete several activities. 
Students role play the role of a travel agent. In groups, they must plan a trip around the world making stops in a different biome. They use the internet to discover the characteristics of each biome and create a travel brochure for their trip. They present their trip and information to the class to end the lesson.
Students view a film about a plastic bag to analyze the scope of disposal issues on the environment. In this environmental concerns lesson, students watch the film and investigate predictions related to the movie and the FUTURESTATES Predict-O-Meter website. Students discuss the data and present proposed solutions to the problem in the film. Students post their own predictions on the website.
Learners explore the types of careers that they study of science subjects can lead to. They are introduced to the lesson with the statement as: Today we are looking at a variety of occupations that the study of chemistriy, mathematics and physics can lead us to. Students are asked what type of environment they would like to work in and what level of education is required for this occupation?
Students explore the Earth's crust. In this earth science lesson, students participate in 2 activities that demonstrate physical and chemical weathering. Students also play Jeopardy with topics including volcanoes, earthquakes, weathering, glaciers, and plate tectonics.
Three class periods are required to carry out this science lesson on glacial movement, the Great Lakes basin, and the lock system that allows travel on the lakes. It is an ambitious undertaking as your class experiments with a glacier movement table and constructs a manual lock system. The resource links no longer work, but there is plenty of material to make a complete mini-unit for your earth science or engineering class. 
Students analyze the freezing point of water. In this chemistry lesson, students compare the freezing point of fresh versus ocean water. They measure the temperature with and EasyTemp.
Students study the nitrogen cycle and construct a diagram.  In this Earth Science lesson students use role play to see the various paths. 
Students develop an awareness of basic meteorology and related earth science topics. They reinforce geographical knowledge and build analytical and communications skills through class presentations. Students research exciting weather sites on the Internet.