Elementary resources: Scientific process
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.
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.
3rd - 5th grade • Teacher guide • Links to standards
Students use scientific inquiry and data gathering skills to learn about force, motion, and ocean currents using the true story of toys that fell off a ship during a storm and drifted to various places.
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.
K - 8th grade
Students learn how to use sampling to estimate the number of fish in a population.
5th - 6th grade • Links to standards
Students classify fish species, collect and graph data, compare their findings, and learn about variations in habitats.
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.
4th - 8th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data
Students learn about ocean trash, cleanup, and prevention in this flexible collection of lessons.
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.
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.
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.
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.
1st - 12th grade • Teacher guide • Uses data • Links to standards
Students learn how behavioral adaptations of zooplankton (migration patterns) increase their chances of survival.