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Investigating El Niño: Teacher Resources

Interested in engaging your students with real-time NOAA data? In this module, designed for 6-12th grade classrooms, students evaluate changes in sea surface temperature over space and time and investigate how El Niño affects phytoplankton & species distribution in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The 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).  

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Module Resources 

Teachers Guide
This guide provides educators with lesson plans, background information and tips and strategies for using the data tools in the module.
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Student Worksheets (PDF)
These worksheets support the online lessons. Fillable PDFs are digital documents that students can type in and submit to a learning management system.
Fillable PDF
Student Worksheets (PPT)
Worksheets in this format give educators flexibility to add (or edit) content for a specific grade level or course.
Editable PPT
Worksheet Answer Keys
Answer keys are available for checking and reviewing answers with students.
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Science Standards
A guide to understanding how this module supports the NGSS and three dimensional learning for middle and high school students.
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Module Integration
There are many ways to integrate some or all of the lessons in this module into a unit or course. One example, aimed at middle school teachers, is provided here.
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