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Writing A Book Synopsis for Oceanography
Mary Anne Holmes, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Students read popular science books and write a synopsis of the book, linking the topic(s) covered in the book with those covered in class. This activity is designed for a large geoscience lecture course to aid ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Writing Assignment
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography

Basic Field Oceanography
Marcia Bicego, Universidade de São Paulo
In this activity, students are introduced to the field activity to sample basic oceanographic parameters.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Field Activity, Lab Activity

Google Earth Lab for Oceanography
Beth Dushman, Del Mar College
This activity is designed to give students an introduction to Google Earth, and to demonstrate some of its capabilities as an educational tool. This lab asks students to examine a number of features and to answer ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Lab Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography

Changing With the Tide
Rebecca Teed, Wright State University-Main Campus
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. -

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Classroom Activity, Activities, :Lab Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Biology:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Ecology

Estimating Exchange Rates of Water in Embayments using Simple Budget Equations.
Keith Sverdrup, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Simple budgets may be used to estimate the exchange of water in embayments that capitalize on the concept of steady state and conservation principals. This is especially true for bays that experience a significant exchange of freshwater. This exchange of freshwater may reduce the average salt concentration in the bay compared to seawater if it involves addition of freshwater from rivers, R, and/or precipitation, P. Alternatively, it may increase the average salt concentration in the bay compared to seawater if there is relatively little river input and high evaporation, E. Since freshwater input changes the salt concentration in the bay, and salt is a conservative material, it is possible to combine two steady state budgets for a bay, one for salt and one for water, to solve for the magnitude of the water flows that enter and exit the bay mouth. Students will make actual calculations for the inflow and outflow of water to Puget Sound, Washington and the Mediterranean Sea and compare them to actual measured values.

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Chemical, Physical , Environmental Science:Ecosystems:Biogeochemical cycling

Is that true?
Steven Hovan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania-Main Campus
Ask students to research the "truth" behind statements from recent news articles and provide their opinion about what is "true". These assignments can be done as often as the instructor feels ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Project, Writing Assignment
Subject: Environmental Science:Global Change and Climate, Geoscience:Oceanography, Atmospheric Science:Meteorology

Comparison of Two Hurricanes
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
In this activity students synthesize ideas from lecture, reading, and viewing two PBS NOVA videos on hurricanes.

Resource Type: Activities: Audio/Visual:Animations/Video, Activities
Subject: Geoscience, :Oceanography, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards:Coastal Hazards, Environmental Science:Natural Hazards, Environmental Science, Geoscience:Geology:Environmental Geology, Geoscience:Oceanography:Marine Hazards

Ocean Gyre Circulation and Patterns of Global Primary Productivity
Megan Jones, North Hennepin Community College
This teaching activity provides a visual framework for understanding the relationship/connection between ocean gyre circulation and primary productivity. Students demonstrate their own understanding of surface ...

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Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Classroom Activity
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography:Biological, Ocean-Climate Interactions, Geoscience:Atmospheric Science:Climatology :Atmospheric and oceanic circulation, Geoscience:Oceanography

Diversity of Marine Life
David Kobilka, Central Lakes College-Brainerd
In this project, students perform library research on an assigned marine animal, create a formatted poster of their topic, and share with their classmates what they've learned in a poster session, conducted ...

Resource Type: Activities: Activities:Project, Activities
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Biological

Sound and light in the ocean
Lauren Sahl, Maine Maritime Academy
In this activity students read graphs, make calculations, and interpret both to see how sound is a more effective tool than light when we want to "see" in the ocean.

Resource Type: Activities: Activities, :Lab Activity, Problem Set
Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography, Oceanography:Biological, Physical

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