I Can't Breathe!

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 Mexico dead zone. Scholars design an experiment to test their hypotheses, and a group discussion ensures they have learned the key points.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Review how to identify valid sources of information on the Internet
  • Have students offer suggestions for fixing or preventing further damage to the Gulf of Mexico
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of the significance of dissolved oxygen in aquatic environments; if scholars don't have this knowledge, add extra time to cover it before or near the beginning of the lesson
Pros

  • Provides connections to language arts, chemistry, and social studies
  • Includes extension ideas
  • Offers many resources for further research, experiments, and related lessons
Cons

  • None