Standard #: SC.912.E.6.5


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Describe the geologic development of the present day oceans and identify commonly found features.


General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 912
Body of Knowledge: Earth and Space Science
Standard: Earth Structures - The scientific theory of plate tectonics provides the framework for much of modern geology. Over geologic time, internal and external sources of energy have continuously altered the features of Earth by means of both constructive and destructive forces. All life, including human civilization, is dependent on Earth's internal and external energy and material resources.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved

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Lesson Plans

Name Description
Lesson 1: Introduction to Oceanography & Remote Sensing

This lesson covers:

•How the ocean moves and why it is important to all life on Earth

•Different geologic features in the ocean and how they impact currents

•How the Earth and ocean are studied by satellites and remote sensing

•How to use a web based program to interpret real world satellite data

Making of the Ocean Floor

This is a 5-E lesson exploring the ocean floor features and how each feature formed. The objective is to explain that the ocean floor is dynamic and has changed over the years. It involves the understanding that tectonic plates impact the oceanic plates and continental plates. It also address the other processes that change the ocean floor. It includes the use of technology, Google Earth, hands-on inquiry, and guided research.

Formation of Oceanic Features

This is a picture inquiry based lesson for students to explore four specific oceanic features (mid-ocean ridge, trench, seamount, and continental shelf). Groups of three students will observe and explain features found in pictures and share ideas with their peers.

Perspectives Video: Experts

Name Description
Where are the fish?

Dean Grubbs discusses where fish populations are found and the ocean features that are present around Florida.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Sea Level Assessment using Tide Gauges and Satellites 

Physical oceanographer Gary Mitchum explains how and why tide gauges and satellites are useful for understanding sea level changes. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Satellite Technology for Investigating Ice Sheet Mass and Sea Level Changes

In this video, Don Chambers explains how satellite technology is essential for assessment of sea level changes. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Remote Measurement of Ice Sheet Mass via Satellite

Watch as Don Chambers explains the role of satellites in measuring the mass of ice sheets and the connections between ice sheet mass changes and sea level. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Assessment of Sea Level by Sediment Core Sampling and Analysis

Watch as Brad Rosenheim, a geological oceanographer, explains how modern technology and sampling methods are used for sea level research. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Assessment of Past and Present Rates of Sea Level Change

In this video, Brad Rosenheim describes how Louisiana sediment cores are used to estimate sea level changes over the last 10,000 years. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Assessment of Antarctic Ice Sheet Movement Rate by Sediment Core Sampling

Eugene Domack, a geological oceanographer, describes how sediment cores are collected and used to estimate rates of ice sheet movement in Antarctica. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Analyzing Antarctic Ice Sheet Movement to Understand Sea Level Changes

In this video, Eugene Domack explains how past Antarctic ice sheet movement rates allow us to understand sea level changes. Video funded by NSF grant #: OCE-1502753.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

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