NEW Field Test version Lesson 5C – Using Ocean Acidification Models to Make Predictions(2)

Course:  Life Science, Integrated Science, STEM, BioChem, Marine Science

Unit:  Ocean Acidification, Ecology, Biogeochemical Cycling


See the NGSS buttons on the right and the Standards Addressed page for all NGSS, WA State (Science, Math and Literacy), and NOAA Ocean Literacy Education Standards connections. For this lesson, due to the variety of experiments students conduct preceding the lesson, they will approach these models with various levels of preparation and understanding. In addition to the aligned objectives linked above, for this lesson, here is a breakdown of:

What Students Learn:

  • The ocean is an intricate network of abiotic (nonliving) and biotic (living) factors. Systems research helps us understand and predict changes and/or reverberating effects that are likely to move through this network.
  • Research and collaboration are used by scientists as part of the scientific process. As scientists engineer and develop experiments, research helps them understand what they observe and helps them develop solutions to a problem.
  • Systems models can be used to evaluate complex situations such as ocean acidification and/or changes in biogeochemical cycling.
  • Ecosystems are dynamic, responsive, and often marked by many processes being in equilibrium.  Scientific research helps us predict how ecosystems will respond to changes within its subsystems.

What Students Do:

  • Students connect their experimental work from Lesson 5A to other scientific research through using systems models and scientific reading.
  • Students use models to predict future outcomes in ocean systems.
  • Students use models to make predictions about how changes in nodes and/or edges can affect an ocean system.











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