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Subject: Science - Earth science - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Ocean Exploration Museum     
Description: In this lesson, from Xpeditions, students become familiar with ocean research, including hydrothermal vents and historical shipwrecks. They learn about the work of deep-sea explorer Robert Ballard and hypothesize about what they might find in the ocean. Finally, students create a museum exhibit about ocean exploration and suggest questions for future research.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 3,4,5



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Using Maps in Ocean Research     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students explore how maps aid in ocean research. They consider a number of research scenarios and determine how mapping might help answer questions related to that research.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Deep-Sea Geysers: Hydrothermal Vents     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students learn about hydrothermal vents in the ocean by doing a simulation and viewing pictures of animals that live near the vents. They conclude by writing letters pretending they are divers requesting funding for a future trip to study hydrothermal vents.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Water Column Mix-Up     
Description: In this Xpeditions lesson, students investigate three broad ocean habitats--the intertidal zone, the pelagic zone (open ocean), and the abyss--and find out about some specific adaptations animals have made in each of these regions. They conduct Internet research and answer questions about what they find, and conclude by writing paragraphs describing what would happen if marine animals were placed in the wrong levels of the ocean.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Saving Our Oceans     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students are asked to teach oceanographers with different specialties about other ocean specialties and thus create a better understanding of the ocean as a complete, diverse system. The students job is to give the opening speech at the International Oceanographic Conference outlining the general kinds of oceanography in a way that each type of oceanographer will understand. Then they must assign different oceanographers to different projects and explain to them how best to work together.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Subject: Science
Title: Science NetLinks Weekly Science Updates     
Description: Science NetLinks Science Updates are short audio clips about a variety of subjects related to science. Each clip is accompanied by a transcript and classroom lesson ideas. Science NetLinks is a member of the MarcoPolo consortium.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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Sea Secrets
http://smithsonianed...
All lesson plans in the Ocean Planet online curriculum kit (including student activity pages, step by step procedures, and teacher answer keys) are available in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Informational Materials


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From Sea to Shining Sea: Exploring America's Ocean Realms
http://nationalgeogr...
This student reproducible, which accompanies several Xpeditions lessons, features information about 12 unique marine ecosystems. A map, glossary and more accompanies the information about the Mariana Trench, Beaufort Sea, Gulf of Mexico and other locales.

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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

Learning Activities


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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

Teacher Tools


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Oceans Habitats
http://www.marietta....
Informational page that provides an interactive the comparison of regions of ocean biomes.

Thinkfinity Learning Activities


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Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Science - Oceanography - Social Studies - Geography
Title: Saving Our Oceans     
Description: In this Xpeditions student activity, students are asked to teach oceanographers with different specialties about other ocean specialties and thus create a better understanding of the ocean as a complete, diverse system. The students job is to give the opening speech at the International Oceanographic Conference outlining the general kinds of oceanography in a way that each type of oceanographer will understand. Then they must assign different oceanographers to different projects and explain to them how best to work together.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: K,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12



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