Classroom ready data resources
Student-friendly interface combines a system for accessing data with structured lesson plans that model how to use online data in the classroom. The modules address authentic research questions and include stepped levels of engagement similar to the Bloom’s Taxonomy hierarchy. Modules are completely student-directed and can involve complex inquiry investigations. There are four modules including El Niño, Water Quality, Ocean Acidification, and Sea Level Modules, which make use of historical and real-time NOAA data.Grade Level: MS, HS
The goal of Estuaries 101 is for students and teachers to become more ocean literate through increasing their knowledge of coastal and estuarine science and how estuaries affect their daily lives. The curriculum modules in Estuaries 101 feature hands-on learning experiments, field work, interactive maps, and data explorations using real NOAA data. The high school curriculum features earth, life, and physical science modules and uses Google Earth to explore estuaries. The middle school curriculum is arranged around the following themes: dynamic ecosystems, abundance of life, research and monitoring, natural resources, and human impact.Grade Level: MS, HS
This lesson was developed in order to teach students how to access and analyze the Alaska Groundfish Survey Data available from NOAA Fisheries. The lesson guides students in developing a research question, walks them through the data acquisition process, and requires that students use evidence to draw conclusions. The lesson is standards-based and developed with an AP Environmental Science class in mind, though it could be applicable to other science classes.Grade Level: HS
Ocean Tracks uses data from the Tagging of Pacific Predators Project (TOPP) and was created by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute and Stanford University with funding from the National Science Foundation. Students can use this site to view animal tracks from a wide variety of species. In addition to an interactive map, this site provides a teacher guide with five modules including an introduction and the following topics: prey maps, biological hotspots, human impacts, and conservation strategy. Each module comes with a set of teacher instructions and a PowerPoint to guide students through the module. There is also a student friendly library that provides learning content on a variety of topics relevant to the data provided on the website.Grade Level: MS, HS
This is a classroom ready lesson geared toward 8th-12th grade students. The purpose of this activity is to familiarize students with carbon cycle science, specifically the trends in atmospheric carbon dioxide. The activity is designed so that students will construct their own understanding of the carbon cycle by utilizing data and tools provided by NOAA and inquiring into the observed atmospheric processes and their influences on the carbon dioxide record. This activity is designed to enhance student understanding through actual scientific data and provide a conceptual framework to address the challenges of a changing climate.Grade Level: MS, HS
Teaching Great Lakes Science is a site that connects educators to lessons, activities, datasets, and guided inquiry. These resources are multidisciplinary and easy-to-navigate. Modules can be mixed and matched based on needs. Data collected from buoys, satellites, and other monitoring devices are incorporated and customized for use in the classroom. These data are compiled into a usable spreadsheet format. Site also includes a link to Great Lakes FieldScope, a project developed out of a partnership between Michigan Sea Grant and National Geographic. This is a web-based geospatial tool where students can explore data layers such as: rivers and streams, watershed boundaries, water depth, political boundaries, elevation, and land cover.Grade Level: ES, MS, HS
This lesson is for students to use real-time tide data to develop a plan for the best time to excavate a ship wreck. While completing the lesson, students will be able to answer basic questions about tides, how to predict their occurrence, and how to apply the information. As a result, students will create a chart to display the movement of tides and extrapolate the data to forecast future events.
Grade Level: HS
In this lesson, students learn about how scientists study Earth’s past climate using sediment cores and fossilized pollen. The lesson uses core data from the NSF’s polar research vessel the Nathaniel B. Palmer obtained during a shallow drilling (SHALDRIL) effort. Fossilized pollen in the core can be correlated to the age of sediments in which it is located, giving scientists information about past climates. The lesson involves the use of GeoMapApp, which is a free, downloadable program. Some of the data in this lesson comes from the NOAA Paleoclimatology pollen data.
Grade Level: HS
Global Science Investigator is a global visualization tool that lets the viewer choose between different data visualizations including, but not limited to, plate movement, tsunami hazards, atmospheric hazards, human impacts on the ocean, marine debris, animal migration, sea surface temperature, ocean draining, climate models, sea ice extent, sea level rise, aerosols in the atmosphere, and corals reefs/ocean acidification. The user can select a visualization and then click and drag the globe to rotate it and examine the dataset. Each dataset includes a narrative description and more information section.
Grade Level: ES, MS, HS
The GLOBE Data Visualization Tool gives students and teachers access to all of the data collected and entered online by GLOBE schools. Eventually data from all 56 protocols will be accessible. This website also provides access to long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the Global Historical Climate Network (GHCN). These data are provided as a Google Earth KML file, which displays reporting stations of long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). Data can be downloaded to use in a spreadsheet program. While lessons for data collection and other activities are a part of the GLOBE website, specific lessons for manipulation of this data are not provided at this link.
Grade Level: ES, MS, HS