Legend and Science of the Bidarki

Lesson plan for classroom and field-trip based activities that introduce students to the community-based research on Bidarki chitons (Katharina tunicata) and the different factors that impact Bidarki abundance, distribution, and size. Includes a field trip for collecting data about Bidarki size and abundance.

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Tsunami Simulation

Video introduction and exploratory lab activities in which students learn about and model the different factors that can trigger a tsunami.

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Plankton Races (CACS CoastWatch Curriculum)

Lesson plan for a hands-on (and somewhat messy) activity in which students engineer models of plankton to explore the concept of neutral buoyancy and the adaptations plankton have to achieve this.

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Predicting the Path of Marine Debris (CACS CoastWatch Curriculum)

Lesson plan that uses the story of small plastic animals from a container ship spill that drifted around the world. The story and activities help students to understand predominant ocean currents. Includes links to some great digital simulators of currents and transport of marine debris in the extensions section.

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