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Kelp Forest Habitat Grades 6th- 8th

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.

California Sheephead sideview

Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific/Ken Kurtis

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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