Investigating Sea Level: Teachers Resources
Interested in engaging your students with real-time NOAA data? This module, designed for 6-12th grade students, covers a range of topics including global sea level patterns and the effects of tides and storms on local sea level. There are many ways to integrate some or all of the lessons in this module into your course. One example, aimed at middle school teachers, is provided below.
The digital 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 Sea Level
- 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. Students can access graphs and data maps from two NOAA datasets: satellite altimeter radar measurements of global sea level and tide data from NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS). 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.