Member Profile: Carla Companion

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Carla Companion

University of Maine
Walpole, ME - United States
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Using Different Types of Maps

This example contains an activity that ties geography to content. In the "background reading" concept is a summary of a scientific paper on the effect of snowfall on phytoplankton blooms in the Arabian Sea. This story has been translated into a concept map that connects the major concepts (i.e., snow cover, temperature, primary productivity) and challenges students to "fill in the blanks" to complete the story.

Concept Map

Using Concept Maps to Understand Content

Concept maps can be used to help students connect concepts or terms that are new to them. In this example, a video from the NASA Aquarius mission covers information about ocean surface salinity - which is affected by several different ocean processes (yellow) and can play a part in understand of large-scale phenomena (green).

Concept Map

Using Concept Maps to Organize an Earth Science Course

This concept map illustrates an oceanography course broken into component pieces, including specific labs and activities that contribute to a particular lesson. The white concepts are concepts that the students should have covered in previous courses - but may need some review when the connections are revealed.

Concept Map

Salinity Matters (final)

In this activity, you will study the variation in concentration of dissolved salt (a.k.a. "salinity"). In addition, you will analyze water temperature and air temperature to discover how these have changed over the past 30 days. Video and interactive concept maps will provide a "bigger picture" view of ocean salinity and how it affects the water cycle, ocean circulation, and climate.

Data Investigation