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These comprehensive lesson plans present NOAA science through activities using online data from NOAA, and other trusted Web sites. The lessons are correlated to National Science Education Standards and the Ocean Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concents. The Lessons are designed to supplement existing curricula at the middle and high school levels. Click on a subject area above to see the lessons within that subject.

Earth Science

Corals

Who has the Data?: Monitoring Coral Reefs
Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs: Monitoring Coral Reefs

Tides

Ups and Downs: What Causes Tides
The Moon Made Me Do It!: The Moon's Effect on Organisms

Currents

Hot, Cold, Fresh and Salty: Thermohaline Layering
Motion in the Ocean: What Causes Waves and Ocean Currents
Ready, Set, Drift!: Coastal Currents and Navigation

Climate Change

The Earth's Energy Budget: Global Energy Flow
Which Location is Best For Me?
Are You Getting Thirsty?: Drought
Is it Getting Hot in Here?
Do You Want to Risk It?: Natural Hazards Assessment - Hurricanes
Images of Hurricane Katrina: Aerial Photography & Shoreline Mapping
The Stinging Sea: Ecological Forecasting of Sea Nettles in Chesapeake Bay

Pollution

Where's the Point?: Watersheds and Polluted Runoff
Get to the Point: Nonpoint Source Pollution
Where's the Point?: Watersheds and Polluted Runoff

Dirty Mud: Contaminants in the Environment, download the Data File (zip, 5.6Mb)

Global Positioning

Meet Geodesy: The Science Behind Global Positioning
I Know Where You Are: An Introduction to Global Positioning
It's Not Your Fault: Global Positioning and Plate Tectonic Movement
All Shook Up: Global Positioning and Seismic Events
How High Is That?: Global Positioning and Surveying

Estuaries

Natural Laboratories: Introduction to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
For the Last 10,000 Years...: Estuaries and Anthropology
Eyes on the Estuaries: Monitoring Living Resources
Getting Physical with Estuaries: The Physical Environment

Navigation

See that Sound?: Introduction to Sonar
Plot Your Course: Nautical Charts and Marine Navigation
Do You Need a Map?: Marine Navigation Using Real-Time Data

Ecosystem Science

The Dead Zone: Ecological Forecasting - The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone

Habitat Management/Monitoring

Who Moved the Beach?: Shoreline Erosion
Do You Have Change? Coastal Habitat Monitoring
Are You Ready to Shake?: Natural Hazards Assessment - Earthquakes
Get Smart: Smart Growth/Sustainable Development

Resource Protection/Restoration

Fix It!: Repairing Damaged Resources
SAV Me!:Restoring Natural Resources - Aquatic Vegitation

Ocean Exploration

Exploring Explorations
Bang! You're Alive: The Origin and Structure of the Earth

Weather

Keep Your Eye on the Sky: Clouds and Weather
Storm Watch: Knowing What to Do
Twistin' the Air Away: The Coriolis Effect

Life Science

Corals

Who has the Data?: Monitoring Coral Reefs
Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs: Monitoring Coral Reefs
A Reef of Your Own: Coral Reef Biology
Do Not Bleach!: Coral Reef Bleaching

Tides

The Moon Made Me Do It!: The Moon's Effect on Organisms

Climate Change

Which Location is Best For Me?
The Stinging Sea: Ecological Forecasting of Sea Nettles in Chesapeake Bay

Pollution

Get to the Point: Nonpoint Source Pollution
The Seeds Tell the Story: Nonpoint Source Pollution

Where's the Point?: Watersheds and Polluted Runoff
Dirty Mud: Contaminants in the Environment, download the Data File (zip, 5.6Mb)

Estuaries

What Do You Know About Horseshoe Crabs?: Estuary Ecosystems
Chewin' in the Chesapeake: Human Stress and the Environment

Natural Laboratories: Introduction to the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

For the Last 10,000 Years...: Estuaries and Anthropology
Eyes on the Estuaries: Monitoring Living Resources

Ecosystem Science

Invasive Species: Alien Invasion
The Dead Zone: Ecological Forecasting - The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone
Harmful Algal Blooms: Bad Algae

Habitat Management/Monitoring

Get Smart: Smart Growth/Sustainable Development
I'll Stay Here if it Kills Me!: Coastal Decision-Making
Do You Have Change? Coastal Habitat Monitoring

Resource Protection/Restoration

Habtat Recovery: Oil Slick Emergency
Fix It!: Repairing Damaged Resources
SAV Me!:Restoring Natural Resources - Aquatic Vegitation

Ocean Exploration

Exploring Explorations
Molecular Explorations: DNA Sequencing

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