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Understanding Sea Level Using Real Data - The NOAA Ocean Education Project

Lesson Plan 

Using real-time data, students learn how to access and interpret sea surface height and tide data through a series of five lessons.

Concept: Sea level effects
The height of the ocean water (sea level) is affected by various physical forces and, in turn, affects coast lines.

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

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

9-12 B Physical Science
Motions and forces

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Energy in the earth system

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

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 1. The Earth has one big ocean with many features (concept d) 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of the Earth (concept e)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 11 Highways in the Sea
Chapter 15 The Dynamic Coast 15:23-25
Chapter 18 Human Pollution and the Health of the Ocean 18:3-6