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Ocean Habitats Grades K-2nd

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.

Coral Reefs Webcam Screenshot

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.


  • Supports the Following Next Generation Science Standards:
    • K-LS1-1. Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals (including humans) need to survive.
    • K-ESS3-1. Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
    • K-ESS3-3. Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air and/or other living things in the local environment
    • 2-LS4-1. Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats
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