Albatrosses-charismatic and threatened seabirds-are ambassadors for a clean ocean. They traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food. Along their journeys, they ingest plastic trash and are hooked in fisheries. These five lessons use inquiry-based science instruction, aligned to standards for grades 6 - 8 with extensions for grades 9 - 12.
Animals in Curriculum-based Ecosystem Studies (ACES) Program
Are you interested in tracking ocean animals live in your classroom? ACES is an important, necessary expansion of Signals of Spring, an award-winning, classroom based curriculum program in which students use Earth imagery to explain the movement of animals that are tracked by NOAA's operational satellites. Students will study aspects of the animal's life history, conservation status, food web, and connections to ocean processes and remote sensing data.
New Education Program Taps the Power of GIS
Channel Islands, Florida Keys, Gray’s Reef and Stellwagen Bank national marine sanctuaries have joined forces to develop three exciting lesson plans that combine geographic information systems and national marine sanctuaries to teach students about the oceans. Underwater Treasures helps students learn basic Cartesian map skills; Submerged Lands compares the bathymetry and width of the continental shelves of the Pacific and Atlantic oceans; and Monitoring from Afar explores how we study oceans using satellites, stationary buoys and drifting buoys. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
SIMoN: the Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network is a long-term program that takes an ecosystem approach to identify and understand changes to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Browse the website for lots of exciting data and images that your students can work with.