COOL Classroom 2.1

COOL Classroom Unit Plans

Hudson River Plume

Hudson River Plume

[Theme: Human Impacts]

This Human Impact Adventure explores the Hudson River Plume; including what it is, how it is created, and what impact it has on the marine environment. Through this unit students learn about watershed dynamics, density, satellite sea surface temperature data, human impacts on the watershed (non-point source pollution), and eutrophication.

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Spatial Literacy

Spatial Literacy

[Theme: Human Impacts]

This Human Impact Adventure explores the Barnegat Bay ecosystem and potential land development options around the Bay. During this adventure, students work collaboratively to make a decision in a complex situation by taking into account science, social science, and the points of view of various stakeholders. The overarching question is how should a fictitious town zone a plot of land next to the Bay. Along the way, students learn how to determine the health of an ecosystem, how the Bay ecosystem and land usage patterns have changed over time, and what impacts humans and different development option could have on the Bay ecosystem. Through this unit students learn about what seagrasses are, how and where they grow, if their distribution has changed over time, the relationship between land development and the health of seagrass beds, the effects of nitrogen on segrasses, and the opinions of various stakeholders and human benefits of the different land development options. Students engage in problem-based learning, as they must compile all of the presented information to make a recommendation to the town Zoning Commission on which way the town should zone the plot of land. Data interpretation, model formation, and spatial literacy are just some of the science practices highlighted throughout the unit.

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Fish Migration

Fish Migration

[Theme: Ocean Life]

Graphing and interpreting graphs is the basis of this online inquiry unit. There is cross content integration of concepts and skills including non-fiction reading, interpreting visual data, journal writing, and use of technology.   Through this mini-unit students learn about ocean technology tools, how scientists represent tracking data, Striped Bass habitat, food chain, and migration.

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