Harmful Algal Blooms Curriculum

The chart below includes selected curriculum on harmful algal blooms (HABs) deemed relevant in Alaska. We are working on additional curriculum that highlights Alaska’s unique HABs drivers. 

Topic/
Conceptual Understanding

Standard

Grade Band

Type

Name/Description

Plankton exist — and are drifters

Foundational 3-5, K-2 Lesson Plan CACS: Plankton Watercolors Coming Soon!
Foundational 3-5, K-2 Activity, Student Book KBNERR Plankton Coloring Book
Foundational 3-5, K-2 Video Plankton Chronicles: Protists
Foundational 3-5, K-2 Video Plankton Chronicles: Plankton
3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, MS-ESS3-3 3-5, HS, MS Activity, Field Trip Plankton Studies (CACS CoastWatch Curriculum)
3-LS1-1, 4-LS1-1, MS-ESS3-3 3-5, HS, MS Article, Reference book Marine Phytoplankton of Kachemak Bay (Student ID Guide)

Phytoplankton photosynthesize & need to be in the photic zone

MS-LS2-4 HS, MS Lab Bigelow Laboratory: Building a Bloom
3-LS4-3 3-5 Lab CACS: Plankton Oxygen Experiments for Elementary Coming Soon!
Foundational HS, MS Video Plankton Chronicles: Ceratium
Foundational HS, MS Video Plankton Chronicles: Diatoms
4-LS1-1 3-5, HS, K-2, MS Activity Plankton Races (CACS CoastWatch Curriculum)

Plankton are crucial to ocean food webs

5-LS2-1 3-5, MS Lab SEATOR: Clam Dissection Coming Soon!
5-LS2-1 3-5, K-2 Activity CACS: Plankton Ecosystem Tag Coming Soon!
5-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2 3-5, HS, MS Activity Bigelow Laboratory: Fitting Plankton Into the Food Web
5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1 3-5, MS Activity, Lab Alaska Sea Grant Seas & Watersheds: Ocean and Beach Food Webs

Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) can occur and may negatively impact ocean organisms and humans

Foundational MS Activity Bigelow Laboratory: A Community In Crisis
Foundational MS Activity Bigelow Laboratory: Tracing the Toxins
5-LS2-1 3-5, K-2, MS Activity CACS: Bioaccumulation Tag

Science can help humans monitor and potentially predict or prevent HABs

HS-LS2-7 HS Lesson Plan CACS: Designing HAB Solutions Coming Soon!
MS-ESS3-2 HS, MS Lesson Plan CACS: Predicting HABs in Changing Ecosystems Coming Soon!
MS-ESS3-3 HS, MS CACS: Monitoring for HABs in your community Coming Soon!
Foundational HS, MS Video SEATOR: Safe Shellfish
Foundational MS Activity Bigelow Laboratory: Help, It’s An HAB
MS-ESS3-3 HS, MS Citizen Science, Data Sheet/Protocol, Tools, Webinar NCCOS: Phytoplankton Monitoring Network – New Volunteers