Culminating Ocean Assignment 25 Points

Objective In collaborative groups, students will research a topic in Oceanography, and construct a multi-media presentation. The goal is to extend upon some of the concepts we have covered or will cover in the oceanography course.


Content: Your Final Product should contain the following.

o  Background/How the topic relates to our curriculum

o  3 Essential Questions based on your research.

o  Relevant Images and Multimedia (video, hyperlinked webpages)


o  At least 9-12 Noodletools cards (3 per student) shared among your group and with Mr. Ketler.

o  Properly formatted MLA Bibliography.

Final Product: A multi-media presentations of your choice, including not limited to: Office 365 PowerPoint, Video, Photostory, Google Earth Tour, Prezi, Google or Weebly site, etc.

*Use Atomic Learning tutorials on constructing the presentations.

Step 1: Choose a Topic (Due Monday 1/4)

CB Content Skills and Knowledge

Choose an Oceanography topic that you find interesting: Earth’s Oceans, Ocean Exploration, The Ocean Floor, Life in the Ocean, Currents & Climate, Waves, Tides. Conduct some web research, links on 2nd page, or look within your textbook for ideas. Connect your idea with one of the CB Content Skills and Knowledge below.

·  The major divisions of the global ocean (Earth’s Oceans p. 38-45).
·  Properties of Ocean Water (Earth’s Oceans p. 38-45).
·  Interactions between the ocean and atmosphere (Earth’s Oceans p. 38-45).
·  Technologies for studying the ocean floor (The Ocean Floor p. 46-51).
·  Identifying the 2 major regions of the ocean floor (The Ocean Floor p. 46-51).
·  Animal adaptations and ocean floor topography (Life in the Ocean p. 52-57). / ·  Describe surface and deep currents and factors that control them (Currents p. 80-85).
·  Explain how currents affect climate (Currents & Climate p. 86-89)
·  Explain the parts of a wave and how they relate to movement (Waves p. 90-95)
·  Marine Life – With a focus on (Life in the Ocean p. 52-57).
Migration Patterns and Ocean Currents
Echolocation and Dolphin/Whales
Algae blooms and nutrient levels

Step 2: Preliminary Research (Notecards Due Tuesday 1/5)

Use some of the sites below to conduct preliminary research. You are not limited to these sites, but they may be a good start. Make 3 note cards in Noodletools and share with your partners and Mr. Ketler.

The Ocean: National Geographic

Discovery News: Oceans

Smithsonian: Ocean Portal

AMNH Hall of Ocean Life

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Step 3: Construct your Project Sketch (Due Wednesday Progress Checkpoint 1/6)

Based on your research create a mind map that includes a brief description of your background information/how it relates to our curriculum and your essential questions. Assign individual responsibilities/due dates. Determine if you need to modify your topic/EQ, and gather more information if necessary.

Step 4: Create Multi-Media Presentation (Progress Check Point Friday 1/8)

Work on your final presentation. Make sure you share project and contact information with each other.

Final Product: A multi-media presentations of your choice, including not limited to: Video, Photostory, Prezi, Google site, PowerPoint, etc…

*Use Atomic Learning tutorials on constructing the presentations.

Category / Advanced (5) / Proficient (4) / Basic (3) / Below Basic (2.5)
_____/10 / Covers topic in-depth with details and examples. Subject knowledge is excellent.
Focused & Clear connection to the curriculum.
Source information is cited within presentation for graphics, facts and quotes. All documented in desired MLA format.
All sources are highly credible, quality sources.
All requirements are met and exceeded. / Includes essential knowledge about the topic. Subject knowledge appears to be good.
Connections to curriculum.
Source information collected for all graphics, facts and quotes. Most documented in MLA desired format.
Credible sources. May contain a few questionable sources.
All requirements are met. / Includes essential information about the topic but there are a few factual errors.
Limited connection to the curriculum.
Source information collected for graphics, facts and quotes, but not documented in desired format.
Questionable sources.
One requirement was not completely met. / Content is minimal OR there are several factual errors.
No connection to curriculum.
Very little or no source information was collected.
Unacceptable or inappropriate sources.
More than one requirement was not completely met.
Quality of Work
_____/10 / Makes excellent use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance the presentation. Easy to follow & understand.
Evidence of rehearsal. Good posture, eye contact, and tone.
Product shows a large amount of original thought. Ideas are creative and inventive.
Presentation successfully engages audience with activities that encourage class participation. / Makes good use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. to enhance to presentation.
Evidence of rehearsal. Satisfactory posture, eye contact.
Product shows some original thought. Work shows new ideas and insights.
Presentation maintains audience focus, generates relevant questions. May attempt to engage audience with activity. / Makes use of font, color, graphics, effects, etc. but occasionally these detract from the presentation content.
Limited evidence of rehearsal. Poor eye contact, may have read directly from product.
Uses other people\'s ideas (giving them credit), but there is little evidence of original thinking. / Use of font, color, graphics, effects etc. but these often distract from the presentation content. May be incomplete.
No evidence of rehearsal.
Uses other people\'s ideas, but does not give them credit.
Time and Management of Task (5pts) / Used time well during each class period. Focused, never distracted, and accepted feedback.
All deadlines met on time. / Used time well. For the most part focused, but may have been distracted by others and media at times.
Most deadlines met. / Did not use time well. Distracted by others and media.
Did not meet most deadlines. / Did not participate in activity.
Assignment incomplete.