Ocean acidification toolkit for GA teachers

Through funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF award #1041034), UGA Marine Sciences Department, Dr. Brian Hopkinson, three Georgia formal educators and COSEE SE staff developed state aligned lessons for students in grades 3-12 focused on carbon, ocean acidification, and pH.

Introductory Lessons
These lessons were created as elementary lessons to introduce students to carbon, the carbon cycle, and changing pH in the oceans. Although written for elementary students, these are great lessons for students with little or no background in these concepts or processes.

Advanced Lessons
Oceanic Carbon Chemistry and the pH Relationship Lesson and Lab Overview (PDF, 120 KB) is comprised of three lessons and labs focusing on carbon dioxide, strengths and properties of acids and bases, and interpreting and graphing real data pertaining to ocean acidification. Students will learn new vocabulary, link changing oceanic pH levels to changing carbon dioxide levels, and work with indicator solutions in regards to acids and bases. Student data sheets, worksheets, and teacher worksheets are included below.

pH, Carbon Cycle, and Ocean Acidification Lesson and Lab Overview (PDF, 372 KB) is comprised of three lessons and labs focusing on ocean acidification, pH, impacts of carbon dioxide on water chemistry, and sources and sinks of carbon. Students will work on balancing equations, learn new vocabulary, and compare carbon dioxide fluctuations on different types of water. Supplemental materials, lab sheets, presentations, and worksheets are included below.

Resources and Powerpoints

Special thanks to:
Nancy Boyle, Peeple Elementary School, Hall County, Georgia
Susan Noakes, Malcolm Bridge Middle School, Oconee County, Georgia
Vicki Soutar, Oconee County High School, Oconee County, Georgia

COSEE South East, August 2012. Web page.

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