Carbonated Communities

This series of two lessons uses cutting-edge scientific research on the effects of climate change on communities in the intertidal. Through a combination of a dynamic presentation and several videos, students are introduced to the effects of climate change on the ocean (ocean acidification and temperature increase) and what is known about how ocean organisms are affected. Then students read and interpret graphs and construct a scientific explanation based on data from this research.

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Lacey Moore
Shape of Life, Sea Studios Foundation

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Teachers may need to help students with graph analysis and data interpretation, as students create their claims on how ocean acidification is affecting sea life.

Consider showing the videos twice to facilitate learning.

An extension for middle schoolers could be to report on a scientist involved in this project for middle schoolers. For high school and undergrad, an extension could involve presenting not only information from the video but other papers, presentations, etc.