Marine Biology Teacher Resources
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Marine Biology Lesson on Understanding the Dynamics of the Reef Ecosystem
Students compare data from a healty and unhealthy reef ecosystem. In this marine biology lesson, students identify which sample is stressed. They formulate a hypothesis on why the reef is stressed and support their hypothesis with proven scientific investigations.
Marine Biology Field Trips
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.
Marine Biology - The Story of Waves
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.
Coastal Ecosystems: Salt Marshes and Mangroves
What factors drive a coastal ecosystem? Marine biology or environmental studies classes find out by viewing this presentation. They meet the fauna and flora of salt marshes and mangroves. They are familiarized with threats to these fragile ecological communities. Neatly formatted text slides are interspersed with large photographs that help bring information to life.
Sea Urchin Embryology
Learners explore the process of evolution. They examine examples of how homeotic genes may work and obtain gametes. Using a microscope, students observe the fertilization of sea urchins. They video tape the process and write a presentation.
How to Hide in the Ocean
Students observe the advantages of camouflage. They design a well camouflaged fish of their own.
Careers Lessons 2 - How Can I Get There from Here?
High schoolers 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.
Who Sees the Seas as Important?
Students learn about the life and work of Tierney Thys. They describe marine biology and what marine biologists do. Students identify and describe different types of jobs that people do related to marine biology.
Sea Mammal Search
Learners explore the site Second Life and information on sea mammals. For this sea mammals lesson plan, students put together a portfolio of pictures and information of sea mammals.
Marine Protected Areas
Students design a research project about a Marine Protected Area they chose. In this marine biology lesson, students gather fish count and catch data then graph them. They create an information poster about their findings.
Adaptation and Diversity on Sheffield Island
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.
Experimentation with Teratogens on Zebrafish
Learners 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 learn about one scientist's quest to make her field of canopy ecology accessible to a wider audience and to synthesize their knowledge by developing toy figures that could potentially educate children about different scientific fields.
Marine Biology: Dolphins and Sea Turtles of Kenya, East Africa
Students view provided Power Point presentations about dolphins and sea turtles in Kenya and practice species identification using photographs. For this marine taxonomy lesson, students watch video clips and read articles on dolphin and sea turtle research. They practice species identification using photographs.
Students participate in an experiment of comparing the squid and octopus. The lesson integrates technology for students to find information about the anatomy of their dead specimens.
Octopi Vs. Squids
In this marine biology graphic organizer worksheet, learners compare and contrast the various features of octopi and squid after they research each.
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.
Deep Ocean Mysteries and Wonders
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.
What Path Will You Follow?
"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!
Glacier Bay Pacific Halibut
The National Park Service has produced a high-quality presentation on the halibut population of Glacier Bay, Alaska. It takes the viewpoint of the marine biologists or rather, ichthyologists, who have been studying the adaptations, behavior, and life cycle of these mighty fish. This is a fascinating show that you can use to inspire your ecology or marine biology classes.