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Air Masses
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This is Activity 12 of a set of Level 1 activities designed by the Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (STORM) Project. The authors suggest that previous activities in the unit be completed before Activity 12: Air Masses, including those that address pressure systems and dew point temperature. In Activity 12, the students learn about the four main types of air masses that affect weather in the United States, their characteristic temperatures, and humidity levels as it relates to dew point temperatures. The lesson plan follows the 5E format. Initially, students discuss local weather and then examine surface temperature and dew point data on maps to determine patterns and possible locations of air masses. They learn about the source regions of air masses and compare their maps to a forecast weather map with fronts and pressure systems drawn in. During the Extension phase, students access current maps with surface and dew point temperatures at http://www.uni.edu/storm/activities/level1 and try to identify locations of air masses. They sketch in fronts and compare their results to the fronts map. Evaluation consists of collection of student papers.

Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
University of Northern Iowa
Provider Set:
NGSS@NSTA
Science Center for Teaching, Outreach, and Research on Meteorology (STORM)
Date Added:
10/12/2015
All that Glitters...
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This Ocean Explorer lesson plan (PDF) explores the questions: What colors, if any, are visible down in the deep sea? What is bioluminescence? Students will learn about white light (visible light), the quantity and quality of light as related to ocean depth, the difference in water penetration between red light and blue light, bioluminescent organisms, the color of most bioluminescent light, and why organisms bioluminesce. The lesson plan includes background information and keywords, a list of materials, teacher preparation instructions, learning procedures, related links, evaluation and extension ideas, and correlation to the national standards.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Date Added:
10/28/2006
Bering Sea Climate
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The Bering Sea Climate website contains time series data that measures climate and ecosystem status in the Bering Sea. The site presents data, metadata, and graphics by allowing the user to select categories and then click a button for the desired function. Data can be displayed as a list, a time series plot, or in terms of recent trends, relevance, and correlation. Measured parameters include weather, oceanographic and climate data, sea ice data, and fisheries and other biological data. The site also offers professional essays about the Bering Sea ecosystem and industry reports on climatic conditions and trends for the North Pacific in general and the Bering Sea in particular. Further information is available through links to additional data resources, communication, organizations, maps, ecosystem information, and a photo gallery. This resource is part of the Using Data collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/usingdata/

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Reading
Provider:
Internet Scout Project
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Science Education Resource Center (SERC) at Carleton College
Provider Set:
Internet Scout Project
Date Added:
10/23/2006
C.S.I. on the Deep Reef
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In this lesson students discover the factors that are indicative of chemotrophic nutritional strategies. This NOAA lesson plan is designed to teach students about the factors that are indicative of chemotrophic nutritional strategies. Students will be able to describe at least three chemotrophic symbioses known from deep-sea habitats. They will identify and explain three indicators of chemotropic nutrition. This hands-on activity uses online data resources and includes: focus questions, background information, evaluations and extensions, as well as resources and student handouts.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
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Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Date Added:
10/28/2006
Great Lakes Eco-Region
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The Great Lakes are socially, economically, and environmentally significant to the region, the nation, and the planet." This an essential principle for Great Lakes literacy. The Great Lakes Literacy Principles and Fundamental Concepts provide a framework for educators teaching about the Great Lakes, helping teachers and students think, teach and learn of the Great Lakes as a system, rather than a set of unrelated parts. Thinking systemically can provide for a greater understanding and can help provide solutions to the issues threatening the region.

Subject:
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
Author:
NOAA
Date Added:
02/16/2011
Light at the Bottom of the Deep, Dark Ocean?
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This Ocean Explorer interactive, hands-on lesson plan (PDF) leads students on an exploration of deepwater adaptations by addressing the focus question: What types of adaptations enable deep-sea fishes to survive and collect food in the darkness of the deep ocean? In the activity, students search for Skittles in a dark room while wearing goggles covered in blue cellophane to simulate deepwater feeding. This lesson plan includes a reproducible student handout and links to reference resources.

Subject:
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Date Added:
10/28/2006
NOAA: National Marine Sanctuaries
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This webpage features information on the marine life and habitats of the marine sanctuaries in the United States. Photographs, videos, and information on conservation efforts, protection, management and heritage of the sanctuaries are included. Users can click on the marine conservation sanctuary of their choice to take a virtual journey. This webpage is sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Subject:
History, Law, Politics
Life Science
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
Reading
Simulation
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
UCAR
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Digital Water Education Library (DWEL)
Date Added:
11/14/2006
National Marine Sanctuaries
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The National Marine Sanctuary Program aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America's classrooms. You will find curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that will excite your students about science and technology.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Reading
Student Guide
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Date Added:
04/04/2001
Who Has the Light?
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This NOAA classroom activity explores bioluminescence. This PDF addresses: Which deep-sea organisms are capable of bioluminescence, and how does this ability benefit these organisms? In this activity, students will: compare and contrast chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence, explain ways in which the ability to produce light may be useful to deep-sea organisms, and explain how scientists may be able to use light-producing processes in deep-sea organisms to observe these organisms in a new way. Several links to related online resources are provided.

Subject:
Life Science
Geoscience
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Diagram/Illustration
Lesson Plan
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
NOAA Ocean Explorer
Author:
Goodwin, Mel
Mel Goodwin
Date Added:
10/28/2006