The Ocean View WebQuest
Virginia Science SOL 5.6

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Introduction | Task | Resources | Advice | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Culminating Activity

Introduction
Ocean life plays an important role in providing for every person.  While preserving our oceans, we need to be thoughtful to its living creatures.  It is important that students like yourself recognize the danger signs of pollution, species endangerment, and the impact that global warming has on our developing world.  Dive right into your journey of the ocean world, knowing that this learning effort could make the difference in the future of our oceans.

Task
Working with a partner or by yourself, research the four major oceans and ocean life.  Focus on the characteristics of the oceans and what makes them so important to us.  Keep in mind these questions as you explore.

Where are these oceans located?
How large are the coastlines and the average ocean depths?
What tributary seas surround them?
Do the oceans have any special characteristics?
What types of marine life reside in them?
What pollution safeguards are in place for these oceans?
How are humans involved with the oceans? 

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Resources
Encyclopedia Book & Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM
Microsoft Oceans CD-ROM (optional resource)
Internet resources listed below

Advice
Watch for the hints that are given to help focus your search. Transfer your notes carefully and completely.  Once you have all the information apply it to what has been talked about in class, include your opinion.  If you add an ocean graphic be mindful of crediting the source.

Process
       1. Make four columns on your practice work sheet  or use this sample  
       2. List the following on your worksheet in the outside margin:

Ocean name
Location
Tributary seas
Size and depth
Continental Slope depth
Salinity level
Characteristics
Currents/Water temps
Habitats
Pollution causes
Pollution stoppers
Environmental dangers
Answer this: How can I help keep the oceans clean and safe?

Research the oceans from these sites:

           http://www.abc.net.au/oceans/alive.htm 

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/zh.html

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/print/xo.html

http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/xq.html

http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/zn.html

http://www.encyclopedia.com
(Enter key word search)

http://pao.cnmoc.navy.mil/pao/Educate/OceanTalk2/indexnew.htm
(These are sites with ocean facts for all four major oceans)

            http://www.oceanicresearch.org/index.html
(Hint: gives sample images)

            http://www.ocean98.org/ocean98.html
(Hint: click on facts and information, then ocean facts & statistics)

     3. Continue to research further with other suggested resources.
     4. When the worksheet topics are complete, transfer the information
         by word processing or into a table. Add an ocean graphic for the
         finishing touch.

Evaluation
Accuracy and completeness of data gathered in your research
Class presentation

Conclusion
By the end of this research you should have ideas of the physical, geological, and environmental conditions of the ocean.  You should conclude ways to make a difference in preserving ocean life.

Culminating Activity
Turn in your finished project, then visit http://www.tetra-fish.com  and build your own aquarium for display.  Print a hard copy to take home and share.

Introduction | Task | Resources | Advice | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Culminating Activity

Comments & questions to: Susan C. Bisset
WebQuest graphics: http://www.greenpeace.org/~oceans/ & http://www.tetra-fish.com 

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