Understanding Ocean & Coastal Acidification: Teacher Resources
Interested in engaging your students with real-time NOAA data? In this module, students use real data to investigate both short and long-term changes in ocean chemistry and the effect that these changes have on the organisms living in coastal areas. There are many ways to integrate some or all of the lessons in this module into your course. One example, aimed at high school teachers, is provided below.
The online module offers lessons at five different levels, beginning with basic graph interpretation (Levels 1 & 2) and building towards activities that challenge students to ask questions and develop their own data investigations (Levels 4 & 5). Student worksheets complement each of the five lessons.
- Teacher Guide: Understanding Ocean and Coastal Acidification
- Student Worksheets (fillable PDFs): Levels 1-5
- Student Worksheets (editable PowerPoint slides; can be converted to Google Slides): Levels 1-5
- Student Worksheets – Answer Key: Levels 1-4
Online data visualizations and user-friendly tools for accessing and exploring NOAA data are integrated throughout each of the five levels. Through this module, students can access graphs and climatology plots from NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, atmospheric carbon dioxide data from NOAA’s Earth System Research Lab, and aragonite and pH models from a collaborative program between NOAA and Princeton University. Need help using the data tools? Contact us for assistance.
The activities in this module can be incorporated into an existing curriculum or unit of study to support the three dimensional learning (principles, core ideas, and concepts) introduced in the K-12 Framework for Science Education.