Elementary resources: Scientific process

A "Key" to Alaskan Fish IDoffsite link
5th - 7th grade  •  Links to standards

Students examine pictures of ten Alaskan fish species and design a taxonomic (dichotomous) key that can be used to identify them.

Crunching the Numbers: How do scientists use data gathered at sea?
5th - 6th grade  •  Uses data  •  Links to standards

Students examine and organize data from a 2012 NOAA sea scallop survey. Students make inferences about what story the data might tell.

Ducks in the Flowoffsite link
3rd - 5th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Links to standards

Students use scientific inquiry and data gathering skills to learn about force, motion, and ocean currents usings the true story of toys that fell off a ship during a storm and drifted to various places. 

Exploring Changes in Ocean Chemistry
4th - 5th grade  •  Uses data  •  Links to standards

Students test different water samples, analyze their results, and share their ideas about how to improve the experimental design.

Fish Fetch - Fisheries Survey Activity
K - 8th grade

Students learn how to use sampling to estimate the number of fish in a population.

Groundfish Survey
5th - 6th grade  •  Links to standards

Students classify fish species, collect and graph data, compare their findings, and learn about variations in habitats.

Hydrography, Mapping the Ocean Floor with a Sounding Box
2nd - 4th grade  •  Links to standards

Students are introduced to hydrography, make their own sounding box, and map the “ocean floor” of another group's sounding box.

Marine Debris Monitoring Toolkit for Educators
4th - 8th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Uses data

Students learn about ocean trash, cleanup, and prevention in this flexible collection of lessons.  

Mystery of the Dead Whale - A Forensic Marine Science Unit
3rd - 12th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Links to standards

In this short collection of lessons, the classroom is turned into a NOAA ship to solve the mystery of a dead whale. Students collect tissue samples, analyze data, and test real fish for contamination.

Northern Fur Seal Curriculum
K - 6th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Links to standards

Students learn about northern fur seal natural history, their importance to Unangam (Aleut) culture, and the sustainability of their population.

Ping It! An exploration of how sonar data can be used to determine the landscape of the ocean floor
4th - 12th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Uses data  •  Links to standards

Students simulate the collection and analysis of sonar data used to map the ocean floor.

Sea Turtle Curriculum
3rd - 6th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Links to standards

In this collection of lessons, students learn about sea turtles and their classification, biology, adaptations, life cycle, tracking, and conservation.

Shark Chalk Walk
3rd - 5th grade  •  Links to standards

Students research different shark species. They identify sharks by observing their anatomy and looking at the type of prey that the shark eats.

Zooplankton Migration Patternsoffsite link
1st - 12th grade  •  Teacher guide  •  Uses data  •  Links to standards

Students learn how behavioral adaptations of zooplankton (migration patterns) increase their chances of survival.