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HRECOS Classroom

The HRECOS data set provides a unique opportunity for educators in the Hudson River valley. Students can have a hands on experience with the Hudson River from a computer terminal. They can explore through inquiry-based lessons a data set which is rich in untold stories. Even a simple math lesson on graphing is enhanced by using data from the local environment.



Telling Hudson River Stories with Graphs

The Hudson River Estuary Program's educators have begun production of short PowerPoint presentations featuring remotely sensed Hudson River data readily available on the internet. The shows promote development of skills in interpreting graphs and formulating and testing hypotheses to explain phenomena, as well as exploring physical and biological attributes of the Hudson estuary ecosystem.

The shows are only ten slides long, facilitating their use in often crowded syllabi. Notes accompanying each slide provide explanations and additional information about phenomena illustrated. 

Two PowerPoints are available for download below, one covering the basics of the Hudson’s tides, the second examining the various ways in which storms impact water levels in the estuary.

Note: Each slide contains accompanying presenter notes

 

Oxygen, Plants and the Hudson River

Author: Lia Harris - Education Program specialist, Cary Institute.

Time: 1-2 class periods; Grade Level: high school; Objective: Students will develop and test a hypothesis about the relative oxygen contributions of three Hudson River Ecosystems.

Oxygen, Plants and the Hudson River - Worksheet

 

How Much Oxygen is in the Water

Author: Steve Stanne, Interpretive Specialist with the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Time: 1 class period; Grade Level: 4-5; Objective: Using real time data from remote sensors in the Hudson 

River, students will: •  understand the critical role of dissolved oxygen in supporting aquatic life; •  observe and graph dissolved oxygen concentrations at sites along the Hudson River estuary; •  observe patterns of change in dissolved oxygen concentrations; •  identify environmental parameters correlated with dissolved oxygen concentrations; •  suggest hypotheses to account for the observed changes in dissolved oxygen concentrations..

How Much Oxygen is in the Water - Worksheet

 

Using Real-Time Data: Temperature's Impact on Sea Level Rise

Author: Alene Onion, HRECOS Coordinator with the Hudson River Estuary Program.

Time: 1-2 class periods; Grade Level: 5-8; Objective: Students will know how to retrieve data from a real-time data website and be able to explain and
pose questions about the relationship between global warming and water level rise in the Hudson River Estuary.

Using Real Time Data: Temperature's Impact on Sea Level Rise - Lesson Plan - Worksheet
 

Dissolved Oxygen and Photosynthesis 2

Author: Cornelia Harris with the Cary Institute. This lesson is part of the Changing Hudson Project curriculum.

Time: 2 class periods; Grade Level: High School; Objective: Students will know that plants produce oxygen underwater and be able to design an experiment to test this question.

Dissolved Oxygen and Photosynthesis 2: Lesson Plan - Worksheet
 

Dissolved Oxygen and Photosynthesis 1

Author: Cornelia Harris with the Cary Institute. This lesson is part of the Changing Hudson Project curriculum.

Time: 2 class periods; Grade Level: High School; Objective: Students will know that plants produce oxygen underwater and be able to design an experiment that will test this question.

Dissolved Oxygen and Photosynthesis 1: Lesson Plan - Worksheet

 

Using Real-Time Data: Introduction

Author: Cornelia Harris with the Cary Institute. This lesson is part of the Changing Hudson Project curriculum.

Time: 3-5 class periods; Grade Level: High School; Objective: Students will know how to retrieve data from a real-time data website, be able to explain and pose questions about data from two locations on the Hudson River.

Using Real Time Data: Introduction - Lesson Plan - Worksheet
 

Using Real-Time Data: Field Collection

Author: Cornelia Harris with the Cary Institute. This lesson is part of the Changing Hudson Project curriculum.

Time: 1-2 Class Periods; Grade Level: High School; Description: Students will know how water quality parameters change over location and time, and compare collected data with real-time data collected by scientific instruments in the Hudson River.

Using Real-Time Data: Field Collection - Lesson Plan - Worksheet

 

Using Real Time Data: pH and rainfall

Author: Cornelia Harris with the Cary Institute. This lesson is part of the Changing Hudson Project curriculum.

Time: 1-2 class periods; Grade Level: High School; Objective: Students will know how to retrieve data from a real-time data website, be able to explain and pose questions about the relationship between pH and rainfall data from two locations on the Hudson River.

Using Real Time Data: pH and rainfall - Lesson Plan - Worksheet