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Gulf of Maine Research Institute


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plans
  • Presentation Slides
  • Games
  • Interactive Media
  • Videos

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine, Coastal


Google Docs, Google Slides, YouTube Video

Ocean Warming Module

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  • In this multi-lesson learning module, students will listen to first-hand accounts, interpret data, analyze maps, and make predictions about the effect of ocean warming on lobster and black sea bass populations off the coast of Maine.
  • Four complete lessons are provided, including instructional slides, a game board, a video, and teaching guides.
Teaching Tips


  • The lessons are engaging, with a game and video included.
  • Students will get to analyze data and see how small environmental changes can have big impacts to living organisms.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers and students will need Internet access to complete the activities.
  • When using the Google docs, edit access must be requested.


  • This module will be an excellent resource to provide for a substitute teacher since all required materials, lessons, and learning targets are provided.
  • Students in geography classes can use the Google Docs data cards to practice plotting longitude and latitude.
  • Language arts students can write an argumentative paragraph defending a prediction about changes to the Gulf of Maine.
  • Science classes can connect these lessons to topics such as ecosystem changes, marine habitats, and data analysis.
Scientist Notes
Due to climate change, species unfamiliar to lobster fishers are being found in the Gulf of Maine. This resource uses primary data from the National Marine Fisheries Services trawl surveys and sea surface temperature data from NASA. The resource engages students with how commercial fishers have to respond to the effects of climate change and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Mathematics
    • Statistics & Probability (6-8)
      • 6.SP.B.5 Summarize numerical data sets in relation to their context.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • 5-ESS3-1. Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • MS-LS2-4. Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
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