ACES Animals in Curriculum-based Ecosystem Studies

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The goal of NOAA-sponsored Signals of Spring — “ACES” [Animals in Curriculum-based Ecosystem Studies] is to improve environmental and ocean literacy and to capture the interest of your middle and high school students, grade 7 and higher. Students will learn science within the context of the ocean, with high-quality curriculum-based activities, as they use NOAA remote sensing data to develop authentic inquiry skills.

ACES is an important, necessary expansion of Signals of Spring, an award-winning, classroom-based curriculum-program in its 10th year, where in addition to learning formal science concepts, students use Earth imagery to explain the movement of animals that are tracked by satellites. The ACES curriculum also introduces the environmental issues the animals face, and the environments of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS).

Additional ACES 1-week modules each focus on a particular marine animal, with specific curricular activities around the animal and issues facing them. Students study aspects of the animal’s life history, conservation status, food web, and connections to ocean processes and remote sensing data. Modules include investigations of sea turtles, polar bears, albatrosses, and seals.

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