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There Are Algae in Your House!
This "Sea Store Lesson Plan" on seaweed in food and household products is one of the educational materials from the archival version of the script of "Ocean Planet," a 1995 Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. New activities and other materials are continuously added to the exhibition website. An activity take-home worksheet is included.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

NOAA's Southeastern Phytoplankton Monitoring Network
The Southeastern Phytoplankton Monitoring Network is a community outreach program developed to increase awareness of harmful algae to constituent groups and directly involve volunteers in coastal stewardship by participation in phytoplankton sampling and identification. Currently the program has 80 sites from North Carolina to Texas. During 2007, approximately 2000 participants were actively involved in SEPMN programs and monitoring activities. Volunteers are instructed on algae identification and sample on a weekly or biweekly basis, reporting their data via a secure web portal to researchers at the Marine Biotoxins Program.
Grade Level: Middle school,High school,Graduate or professional

Kelp Forest & Rocky Subtidal Habitats
Provides information about the distribution and ecology of kelp beds, their associated animal species, and human use and impacts. Includes photos; detailed text descriptions of kelp life history; seasonal patterns; dominant species; associated algal, invertebrate and vertebrate assemblages; and anthropogenic uses.
Grade Level: High school

Ocean Planet: Ocean Market
Unit from Smithsonian multidisciplinary ocean curriculum. Lesson plan focuses on foods, materials and medicines that comes form marine life, how these resources are harvested and processed and the impacts of fisheries. Students identify and classify consumer goods from the ocean and calculate their cost. Unit includes: background essay; teacher instructions; forms for student activity; discussion questions; all online in PDF format. Resources include online version of Smithsonian Ocean Planet exhibition.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Help with Kelp
An introduction to kelp that includes what it is, how it grows, what animals feed on it and how it is affected by El Nino. A link to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Kelp cam gives you an underwater view of a kelp forest habitat.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school

Every Square Inch Counts
How do scientists measure the abundance of rocky intertidal organisms? How does the subtidal zone differ from the rocky intertidal zone in organisms and abundance? Every Square Inch Counts is an activity that compares the rocky intertidal habitats of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to the subtidal benthic habitat in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
Grade Level: High school

Bridge DATA - Harmful Algal Blooms
Compare concentrations of harmful algal blooms using NOAA's Coastal Services Center Harmful Algal Bloom Forecasting (HABF) Project data.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

Bridge DATA - $$$eaweed
Using data from the United Nation's Food & Agriculture Organization and TradeDataNet, students will explore harvest and production data of seaweed around the world.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

DLESE Teaching Boxes: The Feeding Frenzy : Seasonal Upwelling (6-8)
The goal of this DLESE Teaching Box is to teach students about the biotic and abiotic factors that drive the process of upwelling. Students will deepen their understanding of the dynamics that create a seasonal abundance of marine life in coastal upwelling zones. Students will discover this process through exploring marine food webs, primary food production in the ocean, density and wind-driven currents, and seasonal changes in abiotic and biotic resources.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Shallow Water Habitats
Just beyond the beaches and shorelines of our estuaries and bays, in shallow waters and mostly hidden from sight, are diverse and important underwater habitats. Highly productive communities of microbes, plants, invertebrates, crabs, fish and birds flourish in these waters, in part because sunlight reaches the bottom. This website is designed for those who are interested in learning more about the shallow water habitats, communities and ecosystems of Virginia’s estuaries and bays. You will also find information on human effects, such as pollution and eutrophication, and management issues.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

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