Biological Oceanographic Investigations – What's in That Cake?

This Biological Oceanographic Investigations – What's in That Cake? lesson plan also includes:

Have you ever tried to find hidden items in a picture when you don't know what you are looking for or how many things are hidden? A lesson applies that same concept to sampling the deep sea habitats. Participants must first create a habitat with food products, then they sample and describe the findings. With limitations on sample size, time, and destruction of habitat, scholars must think through how they will approach this activity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • If learners are unfamiliar with sampling techniques, go in to more detail before starting the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Incorporates baked cakes, icing, and candies, so verify any potential allergies
  • Requires prior knowledge of the functions and benefits of habitats
  • Lesson is the 13th in a 16-part series
  • Provides scientific trip logs from various expeditions
  • Includes many pages of additional resources to expand on the concepts
  • Offers teacher tips throughout, such as how often to warn students about the time remaining
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