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Open ocean euphotic zone: The Great Turtle Race - National Geographic


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students manipulate environmental factors as they play the role of a migrating turtle moving through the ocean.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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Open ocean aphotic/twilight zone: All that Glitters - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students learn about deep-sea bioluminescence through a hands-on activity simulating the deep sea environment and the effect of lowered light on the different parts of the spectrum.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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Open ocean aphotic/twilight zone: Light at the bottom of the deep, dark ocean? - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students learn how organisms adapt to life in the ocean with little light through this role-playing activity.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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Hydrothermal vents: This old tubeworm - NOAA Ocean Explorer


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students learn about the process of chemosynthesis and how to calculate  age of tube worms found in deep-sea vents.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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Polar seas: Polar Regions: Arctic Adaptations and Global Impact - National Geographic X-Peditions


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students conduct research to learn about adaptations of organisms in polar environments.

Concept: Ocean habitats
There are many diverse habitats in the open ocean, which contribute to the diversity of organisms.

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Estuaries: Give Me Shelter - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students observe the feeding behavior and success rate of blue gill feeding on brine shrimp in two different environments; one with seagrass and one without.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Estuaries: Predator Prey Interaction - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore the role of seagrass as habitats.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Estuaries: Larvae Feeding - COSEE Coastal Trends


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students play the role of feeding fish to demonstrate how striped bass larvae feed on copepods, their zooplankton prey, and how larvae are preyed upon by bigger fish.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Wetlands: Marsh Elevation - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this field investigation, students visit a local wetland to explore plant zonation. Students construct a transect, use quadrats to count grass species, and graph their findings.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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Wetlands: The Fragile Fringe - USGS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore wetlands through a series of lessons ranging from wetland identification to investigating the beneficial functions of wetlands and causes of wetland loss.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

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