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Where do the Critters Live? - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students investigate the influence of ocean temperature on the distribution of marine organisms by comparing online ocean temperature data to temperature tolerances of various organisms

Concept: Biotic and Abiotic Interactions
Abiotic processes affect ocean life.

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

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

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms
Behavior of organisms

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural Resources

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concept f)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 8 The Nature of Water 8:30-34
Chapter 9 Water: A Physically Unique Molecule 9:16-33
Chapter 16 Marine Ecosystems 16:3-8