Enrichment and Resources
As EaSiE project teachers implemented the core Systems, Weather & Climate, Data & Graphing, and Seasons lessons, many found ways to enrich student learning by developing additional lessons. These lessons are designed to deepen understanding of the Ocean and Climate Literacy Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts related to Earth as a system, weather and climate.
If you would like to continue to explore your “big backyard”, consider the following lessons:
This is an extension of the Data & Graphing unit. Teams of students "adopt" specific buoys in the Gulf of Maine, and record air temperature, water temperature, wind speed and wave height each day for one month. Students graph their data, and compare data across buoys.
- NOAA Treasure Hunt
The purpose of the Treasure Hunt is to provide an opportunity for students to explore several NOAA-affiliated websites that will be used in the study of weather and climate, and introduce students to some of the features of the Gulf of Maine.
Other NOAA ocean, weather, and climate resources can be found at NOAA’s Education website: www.education.noaa.gov.
- Modeling the Gulf of Maine
This is an extension of the Seasons lessons. Using “toasted O’s” cereal, dowels, and multiple copies of a Gulf of Maine map, students construct a three-dimensional representation of the Gulf of Maine that reveals the bathymetric features.
- Additional Teacher Lessons
- Gulf of Maine Seasons
- Seasons Extension Lesson for Grades 7 and 8
- Question Sheet to Accompany Gulf of Maine Seasons Lesson
- Climate Change
- Google Earth