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
High school level and higher description of plankton with pictures. Page is full of fantastic photographs each featuring a descriptive caption. Topics discussed include how plankton are sampled, ecology, and satellite imagery. Both phytoplankton (plant plankton) and zooplankton (animal plankton) are featured.
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division
Toxic & Harmful Algal Blooms
Teaching unit investigates differences between toxic and non-toxic harmful algal blooms (HABs), where they occur in U.S. waters, causative phytoplankton species, technologies for detecting blooms, which organisms in the food web are affected and how, effects of specific toxins on humans. Five lessons contain: background and glossary; instructions for classroom and lab activities; online data; web links for further study. Lessons are aligned to teaching standards.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school
From the Top of the World...to the Bottom of the Food Web
Four teaching units show how NASA satellites measure ocean productivity. Topics cover: marine food web from producers to consumers and decomposers; phytoplankton diversity, classification and adaptations; studying photosynthesis with technology, from microscopes to satellites; and biology of algal blooms. Units include: background, lesson plans using on-line data or instructions for classroom and field activities; web links for further study. Lessons are aligned to teaching standards from McREL. Order educational CD-ROM, Phytopia. DLESE and Homeschool featured site.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school
SeaWIFS (Sea-viewing Wide Field-of-view Sensor), a NASA project using satellites to collect ocean color data to quantify phytoplankton abundance. Provides background information on SeaWIFS project, technology and data. Teacher Resource section has: online presentation on how and why scientists study ocean color; Living Ocean Teacher's Guide with brief information on ocean color, carbon cycle and greenhouse gas effect; and, links to other websites with ocean color activities.
Grade Level: High school
NOAA Coral Reef Watch: Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs
Developed by a fifth grade teacher, the Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs curriculum includes lesson plans, which feature links to additional information, and PowerPoint presentations. Topics discussed include altimetry, phytoplankton and ocean color, symbiosis and coral anatomy, sea surface temperature and coral bleaching, and conservation. The lesson plans can be used in sequence or by themselves.
Grade Level: Middle school
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Education Resources
GoMRI's education site is a constellation of K-12 resources orbiting around the effects of oil spills on marine and coastal environments - especially in the wake of Deepwater Horizon. The lessons, activities, videos, and other materials draw nice connections to more general topics, such as ocean currents, wetlands, coral reefs, plankton and pelagic food webs, and cutting edge marine research from blue water cruises to AUV's.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school
Classroom and Field-based Marine Activities
These activities and resources were selected by Florida marine science teachers as relevant to teachers who have the state's educator collecting permit. Topics include aquarium keeping, beach profiling, field sampling, mark and recapture and more.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school,Graduate or professional
Toxic and Harmful Algal Blooms Educational Activities
Four lesson plans focus on understanding toxic and harmful algal blooms. Designed for use in conjunction with Bigelow Laboratory's "Toxic and Harmful Algal Bloom" web site. Each module includes background, learning objectives, student preparation, and standards-related classroom or lab activity. Topics cover: role of algae in the food web; development of algal blooms; impacts and bioaccumulation of bloom-related toxins; control of blooms and role playing a community response.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school
Bioluminescent Web Page
This highly acclaimed website includes information on bioluminescence research, myths, photos, organisms, chemistry, physiology, distribution and more. Features an absolute must-see bioluminescence photo gallery. Also includes submitted abstracts and journal citations concerning bioluminescence, as well as proceedings from several related symposia. The chemistry section has molecular diagrams and several animated illustrations that explain the reaction behind fluorescence.
Grade Level: High school