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April, 2008

National Ocean Service: Education
Oceans, coasts, charting, and navigation topics treated on this government site.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12


http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/welcome.html

CONTENT
This site from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides lesson plans and other curricular materials and resources to enlighten students and teachers about the oceans, coasts, and charting and navigation. The materials are developed for high school level but can easily be adapted for middle school.
SITE DESIGN
The site has a simple layout and navigation. Links are in the right sidebar and the main three sections of the site are also described in the main area of the front page. A search box is also available and QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Macromedia Flash Player are recommended.
 

REVIEW
This National Ocean Service site offers teachers a wealth of resources about oceans, coasts, and charting and navigation. There are three main categories of materials: Kits, Stories, and Classroom. The Kits describe the scientific principles underlying the applied science and activities of NOAAs National Ocean Service (NOS). Each kit includes: a tutorial, including photographs, videos, illustrations and interactive graphics; a roadmap to resources via a collection of comprehensively annotated links; and lesson plans that contain background information and resource material and are correlated to National Science Education Standards. The kits cover such topics as corals, currents, estuaries, geodesy, nonpoint source pollution, and tides and water levels. The stories are case studies drawn from the research of NOS and provide students an opportunity for inquiry based learning. They include student and teacher guides, interactive quizzes, exercises with real data and interviews with NOS scientists. In the classroom, teachers will find a collection of standards based lesson plans based on the major thematic areas of the National Ocean Service (NOS). Each lesson includes focus questions, objectives, background information, evaluations, and extensions.

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