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Lesson Plan 1

 (Concepts/Objectives)

"EXPLORING OCEAN FEATURES"

 

QUESTION
What does the land under the sea look like?
How do we show land forms on a map?

UNDERLYING CONCEPT
Underwater topography can vary widely, from smooth slopes to elaborate canyons, valleys, and mountains. This topography is not visible at the ocean surface and is usually too deep to easily explore, therefore scientists have created special measuring methods to map the ocean bottom.

SKILLS

  • Using a grid
  • Problem solving
  • Measuring

METHODS
Students will create an "ocean bottom" in a shoe box and use measuring skills to decipher what the underlying structures look like when not visible (from the ocean surface). Additionally, students will use this model in an activity in which they will create simple topographic maps.

OBJECTIVES
Students will be able to:

  • create a model of the ocean bottom
  • use a grid
  • measure the "landforms" in their model
  • draw a simple topographical map

TIME NEEDED
Approximately 2-3 class periods

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • non-clear plastic shoe boxes (one per group)
  • clay or modeling putty
  • ruler, tape, probes (pipe cleaners, sharp pencil, etc.)
  • cardboard, scissors, pen/pencil, paper
  • clear plastic overlays




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| Vocabulary/Background | Activity | Extension