A CIESE Realtime Data Project

Teacher Guide: Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

Tide Types: Can you determine a diurnal, semi diurnal or mixed tide?

Wind Effects:Does weather have an impact on the height of tides?

Stranded: Students are challenged to use their knowledge of tides to solve a problem.

Survival Zone: Why is the Intertidal Zone such a dangerous place to live?

Long Day?: Does the tidal movement of such massive amounts of water have an effect on the Earth?

Erosion...can you fight it?:How much energy is involved with waves and erosion? Can humans stop erosion of the shoreline?  Should we?
Is it cost effective?

Beach Replenishment Mock Trial: Students will be asked to defend one side of a debate using current internet sources

Curriculum Standards


National Science Education Standards

Content Standard A
Science as Inquiry

As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

The National Educational Technology Standards (International Society for Technology Education)

Standard 2 Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.

Standard 3 Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.

Standard 4: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources.

New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards 


  • 5.1 A Understand Scientific Explanations: Students understand core concepts and principles of science and use measurement and observation tools to assist in categorizing, representing, and interpreting the natural and designed world.
  • 5.4 F. Climate and Weather: Earth’s weather and climate systems are the result of complex interactions between land, ocean, ice, and atmosphere.


  8.1 Educational Technology: All students will use digital tools to access, manage, evaluate, and synthesize information in order to solve problems individually and collaboratively and to create and communicate knowledge.