Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Deep Ocean Conditions and Animal Adaptations - Section 1: Question for the Day: What is the deep ocean habitat like?


Before this lesson was presented, students took  'observation notes' on aphotic animals during their computer lab time, to help build a knowledge base for what the animals look like in the deep ocean. They will use a similar observation worksheet for this lesson.

I had mixed results with this activity because not all students were able to access the web site I wanted them to go to. The internet was really slow, so then they were searching other sites. Next time we go to the lab, I will have a list of alternate sites and a list of animals, and probably use the same form that I developed for the lesson, wiithout the conclusion sentences.

During the lesson, the students had LOTS of questions about everything, the submersible, the animals, more than time would allow us to explore, so it definitely would help to provide a time to allow students to research animals on the internet and/or in books.


  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Using Computer Lab Time to Develop Background Knowledge
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Deep Ocean Conditions and Animal Adaptations

Unit 3: Unit 3 - Deep Ocean to Rocky Shore Adaptations and Submersible Designs
Lesson 2 of 12

Objective: SWBAT specify deep ocean conditions and how animals have adapted to live here. Students will compare deep ocean animals to rocky shore animals in a future lesson.

Big Idea: How do they do that? How do animals survive in the deepest, coldest reaches of the earth. Travel with our marine biologists as we learn the deep ocean conditions and share how animals survive here.

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Science, ocean, animal
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