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Boat Safety and Water Sports - Lesson 4 - Dangerous Sea Creatures
9th - 12th
Lesson 4 is part of a 22 lesson unit on boat safety and water sports. This lesson is about dangerous sea creatures, mainly in the ocean. There is a link to find pictures of the creatures discussed. It is suggested to click on the...
Understanding Food Chains and Food Webs
3rd - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Jump into an exploration of marine ecosystems with the first lesson in this four-part series. After first learning about crustaceans, mollusks, and other forms of sea life, young marine biologists view a PowerPoint presentation that...
Conserving Canada's Marine Biodiversity
4th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The ocean may seem a world away, but you can actually find it in a science classroom! Learners in the lower grade levels explore the concepts of water pollution, apex predators, the worth of animals, and commercial fishing methods. High...
The Surprising (And Invisible) Signatures of Sea Creatures
7 mins 7th - 12th
Airplanes resulted from observations of birds flying. What inventions could be inspired by watching sea creatures move? Viewers are challenged to consider how bio-observation might lead them to design something to overcome a challenge in...
The Effects of Environmental Conditions on Aquatic Organisms
8th - 12th
What kind of experiment can your class do to how observe the environment effects on organisms? Groups design and conduct lab experiments to learn about the effects of the environment on aquatic organisms. Based upon knowledge gained from...
A Lesson in Biodiversity: Making Comparisons Between Defensive Mechanisms Utilized by Marine Organisms
5th - 8th
If your upper elementary or middle school marine biology learners are going to visit an aquarium, then here is a field trip activity guide for you. It is written specifically for The Maritime Aquarium, but the idea can be adapted to any...
Researching Marine Life: Reading and Writing in a Content Area - Science
4th - 5th
A list of animals that might be seen living near the ocean is provided. Young scientists choose one of the animals, then access three online sources in order to perform research on their animal. They produce a written report on the...
The Snail-Smashing, Fish-Spearing, Eye-Popping Mantis Shrimp
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Like tiny Supermen of the sea, mantis shrimp catch their prey using both bullet-like speed and enhanced vision. How do they do it? Young marine biologists discover the amazing adaptations found in the mantis shrimp and how they use them...
Marine & Aquatic Habitats Activities - Aquatic Animals
3rd - 5th
Students explore importance of marine or aquatic habitats, and investigate habitat characteristics and conditions required by various organisms to ensure survival. They then select an animal to study and design an artificial habitat...
Marine & Aquatic Habitats Activities - Creatures in the Coral
3rd - 8th
Learners describe unique adaptations of organisms that live in the coral reef habitat, read various books pertaining to coral reefs and ocean life, and construct a wheel demonstrating the relationships between certain coral reef...
Why Do We Harvest Horseshoe Crab Blood?
5 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
If you've ever had an injection, the horseshoe crab protects you from infection! Young marine biologists discover how scientists use the unique physiology of the horseshoe crab in medicine with a thought-provoking video. The narrator...
Literature Based Unit Study with Printables for Humphrey, The Lost Whale
K - 3rd CCSS: Adaptable
Turn your lesson on Wendy Tokuda and Richard Hall's Humphrey, The Lost Whale into a cross-curricular unit in science, language arts, social studies, art, and math. Various printables guide young readers through the geography and facts of...
LitterFlotsam and Jetsam: A Little Litter Goes a Long Way
8th - 12th
Students explore the concept of environmental stewardship. In this science lesson, students investigate data from the International Coastal Cleanup, identify sources of marine debris, and discover the impacts of this debris on wildlife.
Marine & Aquatic Habitats Activities - Terrestrial Forests vs. Kelp Forests
6th - 8th
Young scholars discuss concept and specificity of habitats, both marine and terrestrial, list similarities and differences in the habitats of a kelp forest and a terrestrial forest, compare types of organisms that occupy corresponding...
Marine Biology Lesson on Understanding the Dynamics of the Reef Ecosystem
11th - 12th
Students compare data from a healty and unhealthy reef ecosystem. In this marine biology lesson, students identify which sample is stressed. They formulate a hypothesis on why the reef is stressed and support their hypothesis with proven...
Nematocyst Animation: Feeding Tentacles
1 min 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
The tentacles often get attention when admiring a sea anemone. A video series on marine life explains this complex body part in a short video. It details the parts of the tentacles, the function, and shows the barbed harpoon with deadly...
Volunteer Monitoring???Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
6th - 8th
Students explore the monitoring efforts in Monterey Bay and Gulf of the Farallones national marine sanctuaries. They develop an ecosystem monitoring plan that explains the rationale for ecosystem monitoring, the methods for monitoring...
The Magneto Snail! (And Other Marine Gastropods)
7 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Snails range from 0.5 mm to 61 cm long. The video explains the huge variety of snails crawling the earth. It includes snails with iron shells, snails that are venomous, and even snails that collect other snails! It highlights the unique...