Exploring the National Marine Sanctuaries: A Lesson in Habitats and Human Impacts

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Link to Resource: https://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/education/teachers/features/lpexplore.html
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
6 7 8
Organization:NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Summary:Introduce middle level students (grades 6-8) to the national marine sanctuaries in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa. The sanctuaries include breeding and feeding grounds of whales, sea lions, sharks, and sea turtles; significant coral reefs and kelp forest habitats; and the remains of the USS Monitor, a Civil War ship that sank off the coast of North Carolina. In studying biovidersity, ecology, and cultural legacy of these marine sanctuaries, students can begin to understand the interdependence of living things on our planet and its importance. This site provides the lesson plan, student worksheets, and a sanctuary system map.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 5
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.C; LS2.A; LS2.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:MS-LS2-1; MS-LS2-2; MS-LS2-4; MS-LS2-5
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Analyzing and interpreting data; Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering); Engaging in argument from evidence
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Patterns; Stability and change
Subjects: ecology; ecosystem; history; noaa; oceans; water
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