Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 4

Some people live for their yearly beach vacation ... but what many people don't know is how the ocean made life possible! Young oceanographers discover the organisms and nutrient cycles that contribute to continued life on Earth in the fourth installment in a series of seven lessons about salt and fresh water. Partnered pupils examine real-time data from two ocean research locations and make observations about the factors that affect producers living in the ocean.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Provide pictures of the organisms discussed in the lesson to give learners a better understanding of how their structures relate to their functions
  • If computer access is no problem, break up the online reading portions of the lesson over a few class periods, then discuss the reading as a class
Classroom Considerations
  • Schedule time in the computer lab to complete research and create spreadsheets
  • Create balanced groups for middle schoolers completing these activities, as the data collection and analysis component is fairly rigorous
  • The data used in the activities shows students real examples of current oceanographic research in progress
  • Teacher's guide is well-organized and contains all the printable materials needed for the activities
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