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Ocean Drifters Grades 3rd-5th

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.

Sea jelly

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.


  • Supports the Following 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.
    • 5-LS2-1 Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
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