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NOAA

I Can't Breathe!

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The Gulf of Mexico dead zone, an area of low oxygen that kills marine life, costs the United States $82 million every year. Young scientists research anoxic ocean environments then come up with a hypothesis for the cause of the Gulf of...
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Polar Trec

Ice Cores: Modeling Ice Sheets

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Ice cores provide scientists with knowledge of historic melt layers, air temperatures, greenhouse gases, and climate stability. Scholars work in groups to build layers representing snow and ice over thousands of years. Then, groups...
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Columbus City Schools

Sedimentary Rocks

For Teachers 6th Standards
Turn your class discussion of rock formation from ho-hum to holy hornfels! Junior geologists gain experience in identifying rock types and rock origins, with an emphasis in hypothesizing the environment needed to form certain rocks. The...
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Polar Trec

Sea Ice Impact

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
The arctic seas contain currents that are both warm (with high salinity) and cold (relatively fresh water) that circulate throughout the year. Through discussion, a lab, and a web quest, participants explore the impacts of melting and...
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Curated OER

Lake Strata and Internal Waves

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Use the classic density demonstration of placing a cola, a clear soda, and a diet soda into a tank of water. Then let learners attempt to pour some of the soda into layers in a clear container. The procedure explains a thermocline, and...
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Curated OER

Density Dynamics

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students set up working models demonstrating lake turnover and the formation of deep water masses in the oceans.
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Curated OER

Tides in the Hudson

For Teachers 9th - 11th
Young scholars view an illustration of the Hudson River watershed and identify the bodies of water shown. They discuss what happens when fresh and salt water mix. Students view a teacher demonstration of the stratification of fresh and...
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Curated OER

Stacking Water

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students experiment with different salinities of water using straws and different colors of water. They collect and interpret data from the experiment.
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Curated OER

Stratification

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students study the process of stratification and seed dormancy.  In this germination lesson students prepare a medium in which to grow  seeds.
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Curated OER

Thermal Stratification

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners use video, research and experiments to investigate and replicate thermal stratification in a lab. They prepare a report, poster or multimedia presentation showing the results of their work.
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Curated OER

Lake Superior Ecology Unit

For Teachers 6th
Sixth graders research Lake Superior and its ecosystem. Students investigate the lake's cycles of mixing and stratification and how these cycles affect the biology of the lake. This lesson contains five days of activities.
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Curated OER

Teaching about Diel Temperature Variation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore temperature variation in lakes and deal with the data.