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New! The Brilliance of Bioluminescence
Illuminate the darkest corners of your marine biology or life science class with this feature about bioluminescence. Viewers see that luciferase and luciferin combine in a cool, light-producing reaction. This adaptation helps glowing organisms to attract prey or mates. This makes an ideal support for an adaptations activity and can even be assigned as homework.
Students differentiate chemiluminescence from bioluminescence. In this biology lesson, students explain how fireflies and other animals emit light. They discuss the applications of engineered bioluminescence.
Students discover the concept of bioluminescence. They identify marine animals who have use this and why. They work together to test the function of bioluminescence as camouflage.
Students 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.
Bioluminescence 2009: Living Light on the Deep Sea Floor Expedition - Now You See Me, Now You Don't
Young scholars 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.
Observation and Stimulation of bioluminescence and chemiluminescence
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.
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 lesson has an extensive background section for the teacher.
A Bioluminescent Gallery
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.
Light in the Dark: A Study on Bioluminescence
Pupils explore bioluminescence in sea organisms. They participate in a glow stick activity that will allow them to be bioluminescent creatures in the deep sea and finally, design their own midwater/deep sea fish that uses bioluminescence.
Bioluminescence: Living Light
Students explore bioluminescent creatures and the underwater world in which they live.
Dinoflagallates of Bioluminescent Bay
Fifth graders research dinoflagallates of the Bioluminescent Bay. They research the Internet for pictures of the Bio Bay and discuss the difference between ecosystems and ecoregions. They research a marine ecoregion and create a poster.
Students explain bioluminescence. In this life science lesson, students discuss bioluminescence and conjure examples of organisms that carry this trait and how it is useful in their environment.
Who Has the Light?
Students study ways in which the ability to produce light may be useful to deep-sea organisms. In groups, they research and present to the rest of the class, how a specific organism is able to produce bioluminescence.
Fish Aren't Afraid of the Dark!
Students 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.
Where is That Light Coming From?
Young scholars investigate the chemistry of bioluminescence and discuss how various organisms benefit from this trait. They prepare a report about of at least one organism that receives each of the benefits discussed.
Lights in the Deep
Young scholars describe, compare, and contrast bioluminescence, fluorescence, phosphorescence, and chemiluminescence. They explain the role of three major components of bioluminescent systems. They ex
Creatures That Glow In The Night
Students 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.
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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!
Light Stick Chemistry
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.
Questions - Appearances are Deceiving
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.