Using Ocean Data in the Classroom

This program enables students in grades 6–8 to use real-time ocean data to explore current environmental issues and practice problem-solving skills used by scientists. At the website, teachers can access curriculum modules supporting Next Generation Science Standards and guide students through the process of working with real data, moving from teacher-driven activities to student-directed inquiry experiences. The El Nino module, for example, begins with teacher-directed activities instructing students how to read and compare sea surface temperature maps, moves to a guided-inquiry experience applying newly learned data skills to predict an El Nino event, and ends with a student-directed challenge to design a plan to investigate a research question using data. A second module, Sea Level, begins with basic graph interpretation and builds toward activities prompting students to ask questions and develop their own data investigations.

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