Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration: A Curriculum for Grades 6-12

This newly-developed curriculum takes lesson plans that were developed for NOAA Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer website and presents them in a comprehensive scope and sequence through subject area categories that cut across individual expeditions. Each lesson focuses on an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning and is correlated to the National Science Education Standards. Curriculum themes are arranged in an order that progresses from physical science through earth science to biological and environmental science, as ocean sciences include all of these areas. Themes are based on the geologic formations that cut across expeditions (seamounts, ridges and banks, canyons and shelves, and mid-ocean spreading ridges), using models to understand structures and functions, and using scientific data in the classroom to model scientific work and thinking. What is unique in this approach is the combination of the Ocean Explorer website with each lesson presented here. Through this approach, teachers and students have a direct connection to the scientists whose work they are modeling in the classroom and a direct connection to the exciting new discoveries through NOAA ocean exploration.

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Subject: Geoscience:Oceanography
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8)
Topics: Ocean
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Oceanography