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Students compare data from a healty and unhealthy reef ecosystem. In this marine biology instructional activity, students identify which sample is stressed. They formulate a hypothesis on why the reef is stressed and support their hypothesis with proven scientific investigations.
Students visit a Marine Biology study area 2-3 times and write a report after the last visit. They participate in the Marine Biology field trips working with lab partners. They complete data sheets to write their primitive environmental impact statements for their reports.
When teaching about the movement of water in the ocean, this PowerPoint will be a terrific support. It covers how waves break and how they are generated. The causes of tides and tsunamis are also detailed. A couple of changes could make this resource even better: remove "Marine Biology" from the title as there is no life science included in the slide show, and replace the extremely blurry picture of the ocean used on slides four and five.
Written for an exploration of shoreline ecosystems on Sheffield Island, this gives ecology or marine biology buffs a hands-on experience. Using GPS or visual triangulation techniques, they lay transect lines on a high and a low energy beach. They also set up a beach seine and record the flora and fauna. Though this lesson is written for a specific marine aquarium and Sheffield Island field trip, the material can be adapted to your local habitat.
Learners identify differences between jobs and careers, and identify career areas within the broad field of oceanography. They research, compare and contrast requirements needed to become a practitioner of various oceanographic career fields, determine high school courses that would be most beneficial for someone planning oceanography career, and create computer-based group projects relating to an oceanographic career.
If you are working on a unit about the different types of fish, and you'd like to incorporate colored diagrams and technology into your class, consider this lesson! Scientists color in diagrams of different fish, conduct online research, complete a marine biology vocabulary word search, and create a final summary data sheet for the types of fish. You would need to find most of your own materials, since many of the links do not work and the lesson references books that are not named or linked.
Students compare mitosis and meiosis with regard to chromosome number in parent cells versus daughter cells, types of cells produced, total number of cells produced, and the number of divisions. In groups, identify and differentiate the major characteristics of vertebrate development and explain the relationships among the number of eggs, methods of fertilization, and rates of embryonic development as related to species survival.
Students view provided Power Point presentations about dolphins and sea turtles in Kenya and practice species identification using photographs. In this marine taxonomy lesson, students watch video clips and read articles on dolphin and sea turtle research. They practice species identification using photographs.
Fifth graders study four great men of science. They explore the various discoveries they made and see how these discoveries still influence the scientific field today. The lessons combine scientific inquiry with language arts and writing activities. This wonderful, 34-page packet is chock-full of worksheets which support the activities. The scientists studied are: Galileo, Julian, Just, and Linnaeus.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question every kid has to answer quite often. Here is a lesson that will allow them to do some thinking about that very topic, and to learn about some professions they might consider trying. Groups of pupils are assigned a career. They must research that career, and come up with a presentation on it and deliver it to the class. There are 10 careers listed that they can choose from. Research is on the Internet. Great idea!
A multi-media lecture by oceanographer, David Gallo, increases intrigue about our amazing oceans. He introduces the audience to underwater geology and biology with actual research footage. Where this is not specific to any one area of marine biology or physical oceanography, it could be used at the beginning of a unit to pique interest.
Tropical fish are a great subject for any art project, they are colorful, interesting, and can go along with under water themed stories read in class, learner written narratives, or Marine Biology units. This set of instructions will assist you in teaching your class how to create thoughtful tropical fish paintings using various watercolor techniques. The end product is really pretty and art is a wonderful way to build creative thinking skills.