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View Resource Aquatic Food Webs

This nice site from NOAA starts with a bold statement: "Big fish eat little fish; that's how the food cycle works." It's a fitting introduction to this exploration of aquatic food webs. Offered as part of NOAA's main Education Resources site, this site offers a dozen well-produced videos, lesson plans, and data sets divided into areas that include Background Information and Multimedia. These...

View Resource Mystery in Alaska: Why Have All the Sea Lions Gone?

This interdisciplinary case study looks at the importance of energy considerations within food chains using the example of Steller sea lions along the western Alaska coast. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework, specifically in conjunction with biology or ecology curriculum. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a...

View Resource From the Top of the World...to the Bottom of the Food Web

These four teaching units show how NASA satellites measure ocean productivity. Topics cover: marine food web from producers to consumers and decomposers; phytoplankton diversity, classification and adaptations; studying photosynthesis with technology, from microscopes to satellites; and biology of algal blooms. Units include: background, lesson plans using on-line data or instructions for...

View Resource The New York Times Daily Lesson Plan: Who Gives a Hoot?

This one-hour lesson plan authored by Priscilla Chan, of The New York Times Learning Network, and Bridget Anderson, of The Bank Street College of Education in New York City invites middle and high school students to "consider an unusually large wave of owl migration and its various impacts on the environment and food chain." The lesson is based on a brief March 8, 2005 article, describing a...

View Resource Bald Eagle

Journey North hosts this site, which tracks migrating bald eagles through the spring of 2004, providing migration updates, information about tracking bald eagle migration, and related educational lessons and activities. These activities include tracking eagle migrations, eagle characteristics, reproduction, food, and conservation. The "Challenge Questions" section contains hundreds of quiz...

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