This currciulum guide contains five activities designed for grades 6-8 that incorporate real data from NOAA. The activities are organized as a pathway with five levels of increasing sophistication. First, students need to understand how to access and interpret water quality data, and how to look for patterns and changes over time. Ultimately, they will examine the impacts of physical water quality factors on species that live in a given environment, using the Atlantic sturgeon as an example. The goal is for students to experience different kinds of data and data accessing tools, so that, by the end of the module, they can continue to explore data sets driven by their own inquiry.
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For your convenience, you can also download all the masters, handouts, and supporting materials referenced in the Monitoring Estuarine Water Quality Teacher Guide.