Lesson Plan

Marine Ecology - Water Testing

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Grade Level:
Ninth Grade-Twelfth Grade
2 - 45 minute classes
Group Size:
Up to 36
National/State Standards:
Intermediate Level  NYS Science Core Curriculum- Grades– 4-8
Standard 1 –Analysis
Key Idea 1- Inquiry
Standard 4 –scientific concepts
Key Idea 2- the interactions air, water and land
Standard 6- Interconnectedness


This teacher-led classroom program allows students to use scientific tools to describe ecosystems. Students formulate hypotheses, read maps, and collect and interpret data to come to a conclusion.  A visit to Jamaica Bay or other local water sources would be an extension that really solidifies the instruction.


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