Shipwreck Science

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Organization:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Summary:"NOAA's Monitor National Marine Sanctuary offers science, technology, engineering, art, and math lesson plans for K-12 educators. For example, Mock Shipwreck: Mapping the Past, a lesson for students in grades 9-12, challenges teams of """"divers"""" to create sectioned, scaled drawings of a mock shipwreck site. Student users develop skills in science, math, technology, and history and model the process of how real scientists document the discovery of an actual shipwreck. The lesson plan includes learning objectives, teacher background information, student activities and discussion questions, extensions, vocabulary words, additional resources, and student handouts. In another lesson, Shipwrecks as Reefs: Biological Surveys, students in grades 6-8 model the real-world marine science practice of using a shipwreck site as an artificial reef. Students """"dive"""" a mock shipwreck site (i.e., the artificial reef), conducting biological surveys of fish populations using the methods of visual census transects and stationary quadrats. Students practice data sampling collection, and analysis techniques, observing similarities and differences between surveys and drawing conclusions from the data."
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5; Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:LS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-LS2-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: 6-8; 9-12; elementary school; engineering; high school; k-12; k-3; k-4; k-5; k-5 geosource; k-6; k-8; k-9; lesson; middle school; noaa; oceans; stem
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