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Tracking Ocean Ecology with Chlorophyll A DLESE Reviewed Collection
In this lesson, students will play the role of a member of an International Team of Marine Biologists tasked with predicting and monitoring possible harmful algae blooms. They will evaluate changes in the ocean's chlorophyll counts from 1997-2007 using data sets from MyNASAData website, draw conclusions about how the chlorophyll-a levels in the ocean may effect its ecological characteristics and infer areas that should be closely monitored for harmful algal blooms.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-053
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • C - Life science:
        • Organisms and environments
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understanding about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Changes in environments
        • Characteristics / changes in populations
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers
NASA