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Learners analyze and discuss how water currents affect the food captured by particle feeders. Students brainstorm other environmental factors that might affect the growth of corals.
Students work together in groups to research the characteristics of the Mesozoic Era. Using various sources, they must include information about climate, landforms, plants and animals found during this time period. They create a timeline on banner paper and connect it with the other groups in the class.
Students count nematodes, cestodes and crustaceans on approximately one-hundred and fifty fish. They fill out autopsy reports for external and internal parasites then complete and discuss guide questions to make inferences about parasite evolution.
Students read an article on the characteristics of wolves and dogs then complete a phylogenetic tree of the canid family. They then write an essay justifying why or why not wolves and dogs should be classified as different species.
Students survey and dissect as many fish as possible. They count nematodes, cestodes and crustaceans on the fish, fill out autopsy reports, and transfer data to a chalkboard data table. Students graph the results of the entire class and explore coevolution.
Students examine seven spiders and put them into two or three groups based on their structural similarities. In groups, they create a cladogram proposing possible ancestral relationships. Students design an experiment related to their spiders' behavior and describe it in detail.
Students examine the definition of species. Students complete a phylogentic tree of the Canidae family. They write an essay justifying why or why not wolves and dogs should be classified as different species.
Students explore the classification system of organisms: taxonomy. They examine prepared slides of Protozoans and record information on a Taxonomy Recording Sheet. Two additional classifying activities are also included in this lesson.
Tenth graders discuss anomalies in nature and science. They discuss times that anomalies led to the collection of data that explained the phenomena and contributed to changing scientific understandings. Students work in groups to research different aspects of evolutionary theory.
A writing prompt instructs science students to describe a series of events that sequences the arrival of the ancestral species of finch on the Galapagos Islands. The assignment guides young researchers with sixteen key concepts, and limits the page number to one double-spaced page.
In this biology worksheet, students complete a crossword puzzle by choosing vocabulary words from a word bank to match with 94 clues given relating to all basic biology topics.
High schoolers research to answer questions related to deep sea diving. In this deep sea diving lesson, students answer questions on a worksheet using the Internet. They discuss pressure, gas laws, and the physiology of diving in the deep sea.
Young scholars examine active chemicals that are in marine invertebrates and how they act to fight diseases. In this marine lesson students identify three pharmacologically-active chemicals, describe their disease fighting action and infer why sessile marine invertebrates appear to be a promising new source of drugs.
Students explore screening processes for biological activity. In this deep sea lesson students complete a lab activity.
Students analyze data on coral reefs and use this to help characterize reefs. In this mapping coral reefs lesson students identify and explain the major threats to coral reefs.
Students estimate geographic position based on speed and air travel. In GPS instructional activity students use GPS to estimate the set and drift of currents.
Students construct segments of DNA to create a piece of jewelry. In this genetics lesson students create a DNA sequence that they turn into something to wear.
Students view a Power Point and complete activities related to genetic evidence of human evolution. In this molecular evolution instructional activity, students view and discuss a provide presentation. They search for the "tell-tale telomere" and complete a review quiz.
Pupils investigate the Kennewick Man. In this archeology lesson, students conduct research to determine why various Native American groups claim the remains of the man as part of their tribes.
Begin by comparing land biodiversity to ocean biodiversity, consider the balance between speciation and extinction, and then focus on the coral reef habitat. This PowerPoint presentation is more of a lesson on coral reefs than it is on ocean biodiversity. With this purpose in mind, you will find it to be comprehensive and informative for your marine biology buffs.