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History's Thermometers - NOAA Ocean Explorer

Lesson Plan 

Students track climate changes through changes in oxygen isotopes using data from deep-sea corals.

Concept: Global climate change
Ocean processes have major effects on global climate change; global climate change could have major impacts on the ocean.

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

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

9-12 B Physical Science
Structure of atoms

9-12 D Earth and Space Science
Origin and evolution of the earth system

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

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 3. The ocean is major influence on weather and climate (concept f, g)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 9 Water:  A Physically Unique Molecule 9:3-14
Chapter 10.  Air-Sea Interaction 10:1-14 
Chapter 11 Highways in the Sea 11:26-32