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Ocean Planet: Pollution Solution
Unit from Smithsonian multidisciplinary ocean curriculum. Focuses on sources of oil pollution and effects on ocean, marine life and humans. Students predict impacts of an oil spill and plan actions needed to protect and restore habitat and wildlife. Lab activities demonstrate properties of oil. Unit includes: background, instructions for the teacher, forms for student activities, discussion questions; all available online in PDF format. Resources include online version of the Ocean Planet exhibition.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

NOAA Education: Ocean Pollution
Part of the NOAA Education Resources website, this section focuses on ocean pollution and includes resources on marine debris, noise pollution, harmful algal blooms, and the dead zone. This site provides background information, lessons and activities, real world data, multimedia resources and career profiles.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

Turning the Tide on Trash: A Learning Guide on Marine Debris
Learning Guide on Marine Debris contains three online units with objectives, background, and hands-on interactive activities. Covers definitions, characteristics and sources of marine debris; its effects on wildlife, the coastal community and human health; and how to develop solutions, get involved and educate others about marine pollution prevention.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Tox Town
Tox Town is a highly interactive website for students of all ages and levels to learn about pollution and other local problems. Because Tox Town includes information on four different settings, a city, a town, a farm, and the US-Mexico border, there is something for everyone. Each locale features links to the NIH's Medline Plus and the EPA which are excellent sources of information for most science disciplines.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

Bridge DATA - More than Mud
Examine the effects of pollution on amphipods using data from the Chesapeake Ecotox Research Program.
Grade Level: High school,Undergraduate lower division

Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Center
Hundreds of lessons, lab investigations, field activities, games, community service projects, and other resources in environmental education for both formal and non-formal educators. Background information, lesson plans, and activities are available on a variety of topics: conservation, ecosystems, human health, waste and recycling, water and air pollution, etc. Grades K-12 and beyond.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school, General public

Oikonos Ocean Stewardship: Education and Outreach
Oikonos Ecosystem Knowledge is a non-profit research, conservation, and education organization. They have developed curriculum that incorporates satellite telemetry research on the Black-footed albatross with plastic pollution prevention for middle and high school students. Several activities are available and are aligned to California Science Content Standards.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Restoration Web Site
Contains information on the spill and its cleanup, injured resources, habitat protection, ongoing activities and more. Features include a section specifically designed for students who are doing a project on the spill, a comprehensive list of downloadable publications, and links to other related sites. Other information available includes: upcoming events, the GEM Program, a long-term monitoring program, and maps and photos of the spill and its aftermath.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school

Oil Spill Activities
The Gulf of Maine Aquarium has prepared three classroom activities and lessons on oil spills: Save the Bay, Oil Consumption, and How Big Is an Oil Tanker. Discover the effects of storms and wind on an oil spill, find out how much oil your family uses, and get a sense of just how big an oil tanker is. Site links to other Aquarium modules.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Acid Rain Lesson Plan
Five articulated lessons focus on air quality using classroom and field data collection activities. Case study in Great Smoky Mountains has broader application. Background and data for lessons on: the pH scale, understanding acid vs. base, collecting data, mapping relationship of weather events to acid rain. Links to NPS data on air quality, current values, atlas and reports, packaged datasets on ozone, meteorological conditions and other parameters. Also available: teacher resources; educator workshops.
Grade Level: Middle school


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