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Rocky Intertidal: Intertidal Transects – Grades 6-8

Lesson plan is suited for students living near San Diego county, but the lesson could be adapted for any county near an intertidal zone Part of a complete MPA Outreach Toolkit featuring conveniently packaged MPA curriculum, mater... (read more)
Lesson plan is suited for students living near San Diego county, but the lesson could be adapted for any county near an intertidal zone. Part of a complete MPA Outreach Toolkit featuring conveniently packaged MPA curriculum, materials, and related activities for educators. Designed to improve MPA education, outreach, compliance and stewardship among students. (read less)

Standards

  • Next Generation Science Standards
    • Analyze and interpret data to determine similarities and differences in findings.
    • Construct and interpret graphical displays of data to identify linear and nonlinear relationships.
    • Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for phenomena.
    • Ask questions that can be investigated within the scope of the classroom, outdoor environment, and museums and other public facilities with available resources and, when appropriate, frame a hypothesis based on observations and scientific principles.
    • Ask questions to identify and clarify evidence of an argument.
    • Define a design problem that can be solved through the development of an object, tool, process or system and includes multiple criteria and constraints, including scientific knowledge that may limit possible solutions.
    • Undertake a design project, engaging in the design cycle, to construct and/or implement a solution that meets specific design criteria and constraints.
    • Apply scientific ideas or principles to design an object, tool, process or system.
    • Apply scientific ideas or principles to design, construct, and test a design of an object, tool, process or system.
    • Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for real-world phenomena, examples, or events.
    • Construct, use, and present oral and written arguments supported by empirical evidence and scientific reasoning to support or refute an explanation or a model for a phenomenon.
    • Use mathematical representations to describe and/or support scientific conclusions and design solutions.
    • Use mathematical representations to support scientific conclusions and design solutions.
    • Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
    • Biodiversity and Humans
    • Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.
    • Events have causes that generate observable patterns.
Age Levels:
11-14
Grade Levels:
6-8
Instructional Time:
5 hours
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