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Ocean Exploration through Time - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students research the history of ocean exploration and create a timeline of important events indicating advances in technology and our scientific understanding of the ocean.

Concept: Ocean exploration
Less than 5% of the ocean has been explored; however, the ocean is a great resource, so in order to better understand the ocean we need to employ inquiry and investigation. Emphasis is placed on history of ocean exploration and on changing technology.

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

9-12 G History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor
Nature of scientific knowledge
Historical perspectives

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 7. The ocean is largely unexplored (concepts a, b, c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 2 History of Ocean Exploration and Marine Sciences