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Author

Grist

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Chemistry, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Type

  • Videos, 2 minutes, 19 seconds, CC, Subtitles

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Ocean Acidification Explained in Two Minutes

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Synopsis
  • This animated video explains the process of ocean acidification. 
  • Students will have an overview of ocean acidification as a concept and its impact on marine life. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video contains a clear introduction and animations about ocean acidification with statistics and facts.
  • At the end it outlines solutions to this problem that affects marine life.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students must be familiar with the pH scale and marine ecosystems.

Differentiation

  • This resource can be used as a hook for a lesson on ocean acidification.
  • Students could conduct research on the effects of acidic ocean water on a marine species of their choice.
  • Support group: The teacher could pause the video and check that students understood each point, especially the one related to ocean chemistry and pH decrease.
  • The teacher could ask students to conduct an experiment that demonstrates how water can turn acidic and what happens to the shells of sea organisms.
  • Science students could use this tool to see the relationship between atmospheric carbon dioxide and ocean acidification.
  • Art students could study this watercolor from Jill Pelto which uses pH data from the oceans.
Scientist Notes
This 2-minute video presents a very brief introduction to ocean acidification, its causes, and its impacts on oceans. This is a short, clear resource with sources provided in the video description. This resource is recommended for teaching
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
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