Students will be able to...
- Analyze data to investigate changes in the Gulf of Maine
- Synthesize information across multiple datasets and models to explain changes happening in the Gulf of Maine
- Apply learning to make predictions about range of lobster and black sea bass in the future
Students will understand...
- Changes in ecosystems have impacts on the species within those ecosystems -- some populations thrive, some move, some decline.
- Investigating changes in ecosystems often is a collaborative effort between professional scientists and members of local communities.
- Data helps us understand a problem or phenomenon
- Using data to understand a phenomenon involves being able to read and make sense of data representations (tables, graphs, maps, etc.) and models.
4 to 10 class periods
The content from this module is similar to the content in the LabVenture experience. Before beginning this module, if your students have not already, consider starting with the two lessons from Preparing for LabVenture: Exploring Global and Regional Climate Trends sequence to build students’ understanding of current climate trends.
Lesson 1: I saw something really weird...
Students gather information on changes happening in the Gulf of Maine from accounts from local scientists. They collect existing background knowledge and generate questions about changes in the Gulf of Maine
Lesson 2: Finding the Right Temperature
Students work with data on black sea bass gathered from trawl surveys to learn about the new species appearing in the Gulf of Maine. Students organize the data in small sets to try and draw meaning from it before interpreting scatter plots of large datasets to determine an ideal temperature range for black sea bass.
Lesson 3: Shifty Species
In this lesson, students examine sea surface temperature maps over four decades to track long term changes in ocean temperature. They connect what they learned about the ideal temperature range for black sea bass to the shifts in temperature to explain how changes in temperature could result in a shift in where black sea bass are found.
Teacher Guide | Student Pages | Slides | Sea Surface Temperature Interactive
Lesson 4: The Future of the Gulf of Maine
Students build on their understanding of how temperature change drives range shifts through a modeling activity in the form of a board game. They will simulate range shifts by adding and removing lobster and black sea bass cards according to shifting temperatures. They synthesize learning by making predictions about the future of lobster and black sea bass populations in the Gulf of Maine.
Teacher Guide | Student Pages | Slides | Game board, species cards, and data sheets | Temperature Tracking Sheet