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56 reviewed resources for underwater ecosystems

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Coral Reefs: Gardens Under the Sea

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students discover the wonders of coral reefs while listening to a book about them. In a Reading Rainbow video activity, they simulate a dive, check equipment and explore a reef. Role-playing as marine biologists, students uncover...
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Penguin Fun Facts

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
What's black and white and can dive up to 1,800 feet under water? That's right, penguins! Learn this and many other amazing facts about these unique birds with this handy reference sheet.
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Marine Fisheries Management

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Almost 200 slides make this a vast collection! It is a quirky collection, titled "Marine Fisheries Management," but having little to do with that occupation. What you will find are two-toned blue backgrounds with no pictures, but a few...
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The Case of the Missing Steller Sea Lions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students identify and analyze the various roles organisms play in food webs, populations, communities and ecosystems. Students assess the requirements for sustaining healthy local ecosystems. STudents evaluate human impacts on local...
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Ecology

For Students 6th
In this ecology worksheet, 6th graders will review ecology vocabulary words by circling the word that doesn't belong in each group of words for 6 questions. Then students will determine if 9 statements relating to animal and plant roles...
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Community Ecology and Sampling

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Seamounts in the Coral and Tasman Seas are home to more than 850 different species. Groups explore hydrothermal vents, researching the organisms found there and their energy source. They also learn about seamounts, exploring their unique...
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Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 2

For Teachers 5th - 12th Standards
Young scientists will be swept away by an interesting erosion-centered lesson plan!. The second installment in a seven-part series featuring the Great Lakes and oceans examines how researchers use seafloor sediment to study events of the...
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Salt Marsh

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discuss the causes and effects of pollution. In this biology lesson, students explain the environmental benefits of a salt marsh. They explain how eutrophication occur.
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Surviving in Our Ecosystems

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders identify the characteristics of a frog and compare them to a human child. They draw and describe the best environment for a human to live in and the best environment for a frog to live in based on their physical...
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Pond and Pond Organisms

For Teachers K - 7th
Students explore pond ecosystems.  In this pond organism activity, students will use pond water and a plastic bad in order to locate and identify freshwater organisms.  The activity is designed for younger grades, but includes an...
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Animal Movement Bingo

For Teachers Pre-K - 2nd
Students view how sea animals move. In this sea animal lesson, students visit the aquarium and pay attention to the ways that underwater animals move and eat. They record these on a bingo sheet of aquarium galleries. 
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Build the Taiga: Hands on Biome-Building

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Learners explore environmental awareness by completing a construction project. In this biomes instructional activity, students identify the different elements for life to thrive in an ecosystem. Learners utilize a cardboard or wood box...
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Katrina Case Study

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students explore the impact natural events have on the environment, specifically the wetlands. They view a video about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Delta and answer discussion questions.
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Coarl Reef Degradation

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore methods of preserving Hawaii's ocean ecosystem. Using underwater cameras, students take pictures of the underwater reef. They perform activities to determine the history and degradation of the coal reef. While...
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Into the Spectacular Sea

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students research coral reefs as dynamic ecosystems and the part that each organism plays within that ecosystem. They create a mural of a coral reef.
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Marine Field Trip to Whytecliff Park

For Teachers K - 3rd
Students study the intertidal habitat, tidal pools and the organisms that live in them.  In this aquatic ecosystems lesson students take a field trip and experience first hand the local seashore environment. 
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Deep Blue Sea

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Elementary schoolers identify the ocean floor in a geological sense. They create a presentation that highlights the key features of the ocean floor. This terrific lesson plan has excellent streaming video segments embedded in it, and the...
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Easy as Pi

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Seamounts are large, extinct volcanoes that rise up from the bottom of the ocean floor. They are a relatively new landform in the scientific community, and this lesson invites students to learn about the amazing diversity of life found...
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Technology II

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Ping, ping, ping. The last installment of a 23-part NOAA Enrichment in Marine sciences and Oceanography (NEMO) program explores technology use in marine studies, such as sonar. Activity involves simulating sonar techniques to identify a...
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Biological Oceanographic Investigations – Through Robot Eyes

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How can a robot measure the length of something when we don't know how far the camera is from the object? The lesson plan explains the concept of perspective and many others. Scholars apply this knowledge to judge the length of fish and...
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Big Fleas Have Little Fleas

For Teachers 6th - 8th
A benthic habitat hosts a vast collection of organisms and its structure influences the biodiversity. Middle-school marine biology explorers will discuss how corals impact structure, and therefore diversity, on the ocean floor. They draw...
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Animals and Engineering

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students study animal classification and their interactions.  In this animals and engineering lesson students study animal communities and how engineers use this knowledge to create new technologies. 
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Sharks At Risk Viewing Guide

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students complete a worksheet while viewing a film about sharks. They examine the reasons for overfishing of the oceans. They identify predator-prey relationships as well.
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Cutt-Off Genes

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore how gene sequence analysis can be used to examine phylogenetic similarities of different organisms. Students work in groups to simulate a gel electrophoresis separation of fragments using poster board to create their gel.

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