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Tragedy of Commons Game - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students play the role of fishermen to demonstrate how overfishing can occur.

Concept: Humans affect the ocean
Humans affect the ocean and therefore must protect it.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Evidence, models, and explanation

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Behavior of organisms

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Personal and community health
Population growth
Natural Resources

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 6. The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected (concepts e, g)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 17 Marine Resources 17:33-48
Chapter 18 Human Pollution and the Health of the Ocean 18:2-10
Chapter 19 Management, Research, and the Future of an Ocean Planet 19:4-6