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Grades 6th-8th

Kelp Forest Conservation

Grades 6th-8th

Kelp Forest Habitat

Grades 6th-8th

Think Like a Scientist

Grades 3rd-5th

Sensational Sharks

Grades 3rd-5th

Ocean Drifters

Grades 3rd-5th

Amazing Adaptations

Grades K-2nd

Fish for a Day

Grades K-2nd

Ocean Habitats

Students will learn how kelp forest ecosystems are supported by ocean producers such as kelp and phytoplankton.

Discover the conservation story of the sea otter, illustrating the delicate balance of kelp forest communities in our educational video. A lesson outline, activities, and worksheets are also included to use while students make animal observations using the live Blue Cavern webcam.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-LS2-3 Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

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Like trees of the rainforest, kelp forests support a dynamic range of animals found at the very bottom, and in layers all the way to the top canopy.

Students will learn about some of these kelp forest residents and what types of adaptations are needed to survive while watching the Blue Cavern webcam and the Kelp Forest Habitat video. A lesson outline and worksheets are also included in this kit.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
  • MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems.
  • MS-PS1-3 Gather and make sense of information to describe that synthetic materials come from natural resources and impact society.
  • MS-LS1-6 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

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How do scientists make discoveries? In this webcam kit, students are encouraged to think like scientists, by making observations, asking questions, and making predictions.

Meet a shark researcher and find out how she designed her research to learn about shark migrations and the tools she uses to gather information. Students can practice their observation skills as they watch our Shark Lagoon webcam and come up with their own study questions. A lesson outline, worksheets, and supplemental resources are also included to support student exploration.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • MS-LS1-6 Science knowledge is based upon logical connections between evidence and explanations.
  • MS-LS1-3 Scientists and engineers are guided by habits of mind such as intellectual honesty, tolerance of ambiguity, skepticism, and openness to new ideas.

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Sharks are one of the most popular predators in the ocean. Learn how these amazing animals use their senses, teeth, and other adaptations to survive during our Sensational Sharks video and activities.

In this kit students will record their observations as they watch the Shark Lagoon webcam and explore shark diversity. Discover the role sharks play in ocean food webs and why conservation is essential for a healthy ocean.

Next Generation Science Standards

  • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
  • 4-LS1-2 Use a model to describe that animals receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.
  • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.

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Drifting amongst the waves is an incredibly diverse mix of ocean plants and animals called plankton. Plankton is a rich food source that supports cold water food webs.

Students will explore some of the largest plankton, sea jellies, using the live webcam views and worksheets. An educational video and lesson outline are also included to in this webcam kit to support student driven exploration.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 3-LS1-1 Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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How does a sea horse protect itself? Why are penguins such good swimmers? Go on an adventure with characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara as they investigate a mysterious ocean animal with some very interesting adaptations.

Using the Sea Dragon and Penguin webcams, students can make live animals observations to spark questions and discussions about animal adaptations. Worksheets and lesson outlines are provided to help guide this adventure.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 3-LS4-3 Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.
  • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.

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In this kit, students focus on the special adaptations of fish and discover how they swim, breath, and protect themselves in the ocean.

Watch some of the Aquarium’s most colorful fish on the webcam to explore how fish use their special adaptations, then as a class design your very own digital fish on the interactive Build-a-fish application. Follow our silly characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara in the “Fish for a Day” video as they compare a SCUBA diver’s equipment to the adaptations of a fish. The lesson plan offers suggestions on how to tie together each of the kit materials and promote class discussions and questions.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • 1-LS1-1 Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

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How does kelp grow? Is coral an animal? Explore different types of ocean habitats while making observations and learning what makes kelp forests and coral reefs special and different.

Let our fun characters Captain Joe and Scuba Shara introduce these habitats and encourage students to be explorers. Lesson plans offer prompts to encourage student questions based on animal observations. Using our Tropical Pacific and Blue Cavern live webcams students will compare and contrast the animals that live in these unique marine habitats. Provided worksheets can be used with the webcam observations to encourage participation and check for understanding.

Next Generation Science Standards:

  • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
  • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats.

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