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ERIC Number: EJ847167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Use of Ocean Exploration Learning Shapes (Geometric Solids) to Reinforce Student Inquiry
Keener-Chavis, Paula; Goodwin, Mel
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v46 n3 p49-55 Fall 2009
The implications of Earth's ocean being little explored may not be immediately evident to individuals who are not ocean literate. For this reason, initiatives to improve ocean literacy must articulate compelling reasons for ocean exploration. A lesson plan that addresses this issue has been developed as part of the education and outreach program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship "Okeanos Explorer," the only U.S. ship whose sole assignment is to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purposes of discovery and the advancement of knowledge. To reinforce key results of student inquiries into the question of why people explore, the authors present a hands-on manipulative activity that uses student-constructed geometric solids called "ocean exploration learning shapes" to engage students and enhance group discussions. (Contains 2 figures and 9 resources.)
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 5; Grade 6; Grade 7; Grade 8; Grade 9; High Schools; Intermediate Grades; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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