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The Ocean in the Earth System

Teacher's Guide

DataStreme Ocean Course Participants and Graduates:

The Ocean in the Earth System teacher’s guide is intended for your use as DataStreme Ocean Education Resource Teachers. Its purpose is to introduce your education colleagues to the educational potential of Internet-delivered current oceanographic and environmental data as vehicles for learning across the K-12 curriculum.

The Ocean in the Earth System contains material familiar to you, adaptations from Chapter One of the DataStreme course’s Ocean Studies text, and from four investigations appearing in Investigations Manual. Each of the 4 investigations is written to be completed by employing the DataStreme Ocean website products related to the topic.

We suggest that you use The Ocean in the Earth System as a peer-training vehicle for introducing others to the basics and excitement of current ocean study. You might work with groups of teachers in afterschool sessions, or individually, as appropriate to your local situation. We suggest that you work with them to thoroughly complete at least one investigation prior to being introduced to the complete Guide.

We suggest that you train your colleagues to access the DataStreme Ocean website while presenting the hands-on activities, and that you introduce them to DataStreme Ocean oceanographic products that might be of special interest to them.

When working with colleagues, please allow adequate time for each activity. Past experience from many workshops offered by master teachers indicates that successful peer training is most effective when only one hands-on activity is presented in a particular session.

The following page contain the directions and Internet links (URLs) to access the Teacher’s Guide - in complete form or in parts, such as could be used for a workshop. Also, there is a link to the Answer Key for those portions of the Guide’s investigations and any maps or graphs.

We wish you success as a peer trainer and as an Ocean Education Resource Teacher!


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Answer Key for Teacher's Guide


DataStreme Ocean is supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Cooperative Program for Earth System Education.

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