C-MORE Science Kits

Ocean Acidification

(Grades 6-12)

Plankton Kit image This two-lesson kit familiarizes students with the causes and consequences of ocean acidification: the process by which our ocean is becoming increasingly acidic. Briefly, ocean acidification is caused by increasing atmospheric concentrations of CO2, some of which dissolves in the ocean and forms an acid. An acidic ocean poses threats to marine ecosystems, such as coral reefs. Ocean acidification is one of the most serious environmental issues facing the planet and is predicted to have devastating impacts within the next century. Lesson 1 includes a simple hands-on experiment, a short PowerPoint, and optional readings with worksheets. In Lesson 2, students conduct a more in-depth experiment with electronic probes to simulate the process of ocean acidification. A pre- and post- survey is included. Each lesson will require approximately an hour.

Lesson Materials

By clicking any of the links to download the lesson materials, you acknowledge that C-MORE educational materials may be reproduced for educational, non-commercial purposes only. Please contact us at kits@soest.hawaii.edu or (808) 956-7739 to request teacher answer keys for this kit.

NOTE: If you have trouble downloading a file, please first try using a different browser (FireFox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc.) Still having problems? Contact kits@soest.hawaii.edu.

Request a kit button

Jump to the other science kits we offer: