Each individual lesson should be evaluated to ensure students have a complete understanding of the topic. At the end of each lesson students should write an outline of the information they have learned that they think will be helpful for the final project. Students can review their summary with the other members of their group to ensure they have the most complete information. This outline should be saved to be used for the final project. Each student should also keep a record of all of the resources used so they can go back for additional research if necessary.
The final presentations can be assessed on a 4-point scale.
1 – The habitat is not a viable underwater structure. Little or no additional information is presented.
2 – The habitat may be viable underwater, but does not address all of the minimum requirements (living quarters, research labs, access to research vehicles). Some information is given on types of testing, but it is incomplete.
3 – The habitat will work underwater and fulfills the minimum requirements of living quarters, research labs and access to water vehicles. Information is presented on types of experiments or observations to determine how the drilling would affect the reef, animals, plants and the local geography
4 – The habitat will work underwater and provides additional items beyond the basic requirements. Specific information is given on types of research vehicles as well as types of experiments that can be performed in the laboratories. Information is presented on experiments or observations beyond the basic requirements of reef, animals, plants and geography.
This 11th grade oceanography project will encourage students to think creatively about how humans can affect the oceans and their inhabitants. Some students may want to expand their research into a lifelong career.