Climate Science & Oceans Traveling Trunk

Essential Question:

How do we know the oceans are getting warmer and how do rising amounts of CO2 in our atmosphere cause ocean (and land) temperatures to get warmer? What is ocean acidification and how will it affect the species that live in the ocean?

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Created by:

Climate Kids

Grade Level:

Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School

Subject Areas:

Science, Fine Arts, Language Arts

Setting:

Classroom, Field Trip Sites

About the Trunk:

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will learn about the importance of marine ecosystems for the environment and understand how these ecosystems are being affected by climate change, ocean acidification, and ocean warming.

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Students will:

Ocean Acidification:

  • Brainstorm and explore the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on marine and terrestrial species

  • Explain the importance of a stable marine ecosystem for the environment

  • Analyze marine specimens that utilize calcium carbonate to build their shells and determine impacts of ocean acidification

  • Discuss possible adaptations or solutions animals will undertake for survival

  • Develop solutions to reduce impacts caused by increased human activities

  • Create and design artwork to portray impacts on or solutions for marine resiliency

  • Model healthy and unhealthy marine environments and explain how ocean acidification will affect shelled organisms and carbonate structures, like coral reefs

  • Experiment with carbon dioxide to identify pH and temperature changes and their effects on carbonate objects


Ocean Warming:

  • Learn about the tools scientists use to measure ocean temperature

  • Brainstorm and explore the direct and indirect impacts of climate change and ocean warming

  • Explain the importance of a stable marine ecosystem for the environment

  • Perform a class experiment about heat capacity

  • Analyze how marine organisms are impacted by changing ocean conditions

  • Interpret graphical data about ocean warming

  • Develop solutions to reduce impacts caused by increased human activities

  • Create and design artwork to portray impacts on or solutions for marine resiliency

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