Into the Deep: Mapping the Ocean Floor

Lesson Plan Content
In this lesson, students will explore how sonar technology is used to map the ocean floor. They will also calculate ocean depths using other known distances and angle measures. The students will discuss how plate tectonics change the surface of the Earth and discover how these changes might impact life forms. This lesson includes strategies for teaching diverse learners.
Genevieve Conn
Grade Range: 
High School
2 class periods
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Materials to Assist Teachers and English Language Learners: 
National Geography Standards: 
1: How to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information
7: The physical processes that shape the patterns of Earth's surface
17: How to apply geography to interpret the past
18: How to apply geography to interpret the present and plan for the future