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In this lesson students will explore the effects of acidic oceans on certain marine organisms, in the ocean food web, and to humans. Students will conduct a science experiment using the scientific method to see the effects of increased aciridity on certain species. They will also invistigate the...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8
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How can resource managers and concerned public groups repair coastal resources damaged by human activity or natural events? In this activity, students will be able to give at least three examples or natural events and human activities that injure coastal resources. Students will be able to describe...
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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Just as air can have different densities, water can have different densities as well. As the salinity of water increases, the density increases as well. Fresh eggs will float in saltwater, but will sink in freshwater. This will show that as the salinity increases the density also increases.
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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We all know the oceans are salty but so are other sources of water. The oceans have a salinity (salt content) of 35%. The Dead Sea has an average salinity of 290%, almost nine times saltier than the oceans. But what actually does that mean? Just how salty tasting are these various bodies of water?...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Water moves from the ground to the atmosphere and then returns to the ground, however, the actual path water takes in its cycle is more complicated. There are many stops on water's journey. Students will learn how the water cycle works using 3-D paper craft activity.
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At its basic, water moves from the earth's surface to the atmosphere and then returns to the surface. However, the actual path water may take in its cycle is far more complicated. The students will discover more of these cycles by acting as water molecules and travel through parts of the overall...
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There are three states of matter: gas, liquid, and solid. Water in our atmosphere exists in these three states constantly. As the temperature of water vapor (a gas) decreases, it will reach the point at which it turns into a liquid (called the dew point or the point at which dew forms). This change...
Grade Level   3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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There are two methods water moves from the ground to the atmosphere as part of the hydrologic cycle. Transpiration is basically evaporation of water from plant leaves. Studies have revealed that transpiration accounts for about 10% of the moisture in the atmosphere, with oceans, seas, and other...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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This activity shows high schoolers what factors tend to resist changes in ocean pH, and why the ocean is salty.
Grade Level   9 10 11 12
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NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary has educational resources for learning about the effects of increased acidity in the oceans. Watch video lectures on ocean acidification, or download hands-on activities to explore the topic. For example, the game Help Nemo Find His Home! (grades 4-8)...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Estuaries 101 is a series of curricular resources designed to help educators bring estuarine science into the classroom. All of these materials can be adapted to meet any grade level. The lessons and activities feature hands-on learning, experiments, fieldwork, and data explorations. Each lesson is...
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This area of the education resources website provides links to NOAA resources which help explore the physical and chemical properties of the ocean and its adjacent ecosystems to advance ocean literacy. NOAA protects, preserves, manages, and enhances the resources found in 3.5 million square miles of...
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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...
Grade Level   6 7 8
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Set the air temperature and dew point in the four different altitudes and see what type of precipitation will fall to the ground. Watch closely, they may even change form as they fall!
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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In this activity, students will make a “human size” graph of tides on a classroom wall to understand variability of tides at different locations. Students will investigate different reserves in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System to examine how tides vary throughout the day and from...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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"Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). Adding salt to water lowers the freezing point. How low the freezing point goes depends upon the amount of salt in the water. The students will make homemade ice cream but the """"freezing times"""" will vary using different amounts of...
Grade Level   4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Water is the most abundant and important substance on Earth. It is essential to life and is a major component of all living things. There are approximately 336,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons of water on Earth, existing in three states: solid, liquid, and gas. The sources for this water storage are...
Grade Level   6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is currently investigating the diversity within the deepwater habitats of the Northern Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean. On this expedition, scientists are closely examining hydrothermal vent sites, mud volcanoes, subduction zones, seamounts, and the variety of...
Grade Level   5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
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Hey Kids! If you are interested in the USS Monitor, marine life, or just fascinated by shipwrecks, this is the place for you! Did you know that the USS Monitor is one of the most famous warships of all time? That it was the Union’s first ironclad and was built in only 100 days? That it sank off...
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Published in 2019
Each year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program sponsors a nationwide art contest in an effort to get children thinking about how they can keep debris out of the ocean. Kindergartners through 8th graders from all over the country submit artwork depicting the marine debris problem, and the program selects...
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