Seasons in the Gulf of Maine

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We know about the four yearly seasons we experience here in the United States, but did you know that the oceans can experience seasons as well? Learners gather data from ocean temperature maps and analyze the results.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Place learners in pairs or small groups for better discussions
  • Use think-pair-share when asking class questions, allowing learners to discuss with partners before determining the final answer
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson assumes learners have a working understanding of seasons
  • Print 12 months of sea surface temperature maps
  • You will need to find a website where you can print 12 months of chlorophyll temperatures; the given link does not work
  • Includes overview of sea surface temperature and chlorophyll 
  • Contains scripted questions and answers for teachers to use
  • Set up as 5E model: engage, explain, explore, elaborate, evaluate
  • Lists numerous extensions, making it a comprehensive and flexible resource
  • Monthly chlorophyll SeaWiFS climatology images link on page three does not work
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