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Plant Pigments in Oceanography - Classroom BATS (Bermuda Atlantic Time Series)

Lesson Plan 

Students first learn how oceanographers study chlorophyll in the water to determine global plankton distribution, then conduct a hands-on activity to extract chlorophyll from a plant. Students also examine time series data to explore the seasonal and spatial distribution of plankton in the ocean.

Concept: Distribution
Primary productivity is distributed throughout the world according to several factors

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Constance, change, and measurement

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

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

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Geochemical cycles

9-12 E Science and Technology
Understandings about science and technology

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

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 4 The Energy of Life 4:7-21