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Where Will the Stripers Be? - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

Lesson Plan 

Students examine the influence of abiotic factors on the location of populations of Chesapeake Bay Striped Bass through analysis of temperature and dissolved oxygen data.

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
Constance, change, and measurement
Form and Function

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

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces

9-12 C Life Science
Behavior of organisms

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 16:3-5