Erin Bardar, LuAnn Dahlman, Science Education Resource Center at Carleton College, EarthLabs Project
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- Teachers may wish to create additional robust formative questions and a summative assessment.
About the Science
- Lab activity uses published NOAA data sets and satellite imagery to identify and analyze regions of coral bleaching.
- Students participate in making models, analyzing data, interpreting animations and time-series graphs.
- High-quality background materials and references are provided for both the teacher and the students.
- Comments from expert scientist: The text and background descriptions for the activity are generally all strong. I like that the activity uses real data and images from NOAA. I like the hotlink options to show how to interpret the map scales.
About the Pedagogy
- Students work in small groups, which may improve their team-work skills.
- Students need to be able to read graphs and interpret keyed satellite images.
- To successfully complete the modeling activity in Part A, students should complete Lab2 (http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/corals/2.html) or have prior knowledge of coral physiology.
- It is recommended that the teacher becomes familiar with the site and the tools used on the site prior to teaching this lab.
- "Stop and Think" questions are posed for formative assessment, but many educators will want to create additional questions to assess learning gains.
- Teachers may wish to ask students to compare and contrast coral bleaching to other coral diseases, with regard to causation, impacts, and minimizing damages.
- A summative assessment strategy could require learners to pull together and summarize the data they have examined, perhaps from a difference location than the ones provided.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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