Into the Deep

This Into the Deep lesson plan also includes:

Take young scientists into the depths of the world's ocean with the second lesson of this three-part earth science series. After first drawing pictures representing how they imagine the bottom of the ocean to appear, students investigate topographic and bathymetric maps as they gain a better understanding of different seafloor features.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use this lesson as an introduction to plate tectonics
  • Offer the interactive ocean geography and geology game as a science learning center during a unit on plate tectonics
  • Extend the lesson by having students create clay models of the ocean floor
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson is intended to take two 45-minute sessions, but depending on your class schedule it can be taught in a single day
  • The "Map Game" presentation includes some questions to ask during the game, but more will need to be created
Pros

  • Lesson provides all necessary supporting materials
  • Includes a colorful diagram that identifies different seafloor features
  • Two presentations are included that are downloadable as PowerPoint files, allowing teachers to adapt them to meet the needs of their class
Cons

  • None