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Students examine bioluminescence and camouflage of deep sea creatures. In this deep sea creatures lesson, students investigate the visible and near-visible light spectrum. They work in small groups to complete a light, color, and camouflage activity using the given worksheet.
Pupils investigate the concept of bioluminescence. They use dinoflagellates in a lab situation to study photosynthesis. They conduct research into the concept using a variety of resources. Also the class is taken on a field trip to compare two different ecological areas.
Students are introduced to chemical reactions, reaction rates, chemiluminescence, fluorescence and bioluminescence. They use glow sticks are used to demonstrate the effect of temperature on the rates of chemical reactions. Pupils recall that glowsticks contain two chemicals that are mixed when the glass tube on the inside is broken.
Students examine the different types of luminescence in deep sea organisms. In this bioluminescence lesson, students investigate how color and light aide deep ocean organisms by describing the characteristics of the habitat and completing a study guide. They define the differences in chemiluminescence, bioluminescence, fluorescence, and phosphorescence before telling how each is helpful to deep sea organisms.
Ninth graders investigate the concept of bioluminescent. They break down the word phonetically for correct pronunciation. This is done as a warm up for learning. Then students create a list of the creatures from prior knowledge and conduct further research to clarify any misconceptions. The instructional activity has an extensive background section for the teacher.
Young scholars explore the concept of bioluminescence. They hypothesize what it might be like in the deep ocean and describe what it's like to see in the dark. Students brainstorm how marine animals might cope in the dark ocean and view pictures of bioluminescent animals. They create a collage or write a story showing what it might be like to dive into the deep ocean and view bioluminescent animals.
Learners investigate the different bioluminescent organisms. They use microscopes in order to make observations and draw what is seen. Students demonstrate they have studies the differences between the process of photosynthesis and bioluminescence. The lesson has comprehensive background information for the teacher.
It's as if you have an entire interactive museum focused on bioluminescence right at your fingertips! Find out about fireflies, discover dinoflagellates, and take a glimpse into glowworm caves with this stunning application!
In groups of three with the lights off and the shades drawn, investigators place inactivated light sticks, in three beakers: one filled with ice water, another with lukewarm water, and the other with room temperature water. They wait several minutes and then activate the sticks, comparing their brightness. Using a digital camera, they continue to make observations over 15-minute intervals. This is a terrific experiment to do with beginning chemists around Halloween, when light sticks are easily available.
Five evolution-related questions are answered by beginning biologists on a separate sheet of paper. First, they are asked to list adaptations that allow organisms to survive under various conditions. The second question refers to analogous adaptations observed during an activity, which you can find via Lesson Planet. Have your class view pictures of wings, arms, fins, etc. prior to completing the assignment. Other questions address bioluminescence and luciferin.