LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Oviparous Ocean Animals (Babies in Eggs)

When E/V Nautilus visited the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in 2018, the team discovered miles and miles of octopus brooding, or protecting their eggs, along cliff edges. In 2019, the Corps of Exploration returned to see if this amazing discovery was still happening and to gather data on why they were there. Using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) this lesson, looks at the life history strategy of egg-laying organisms, like octopus. 

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Chemistry of Bioluminescence

Bioluminescence is the superpower that some animals can make their own light using chemical reactions. Explore the concepts in a glowstick lab and learn more about the STEM career of an Environmental Chemist - a specialist who sees reactions in the real-world.

STEM Learning Module:

Any Fin Is Possible

Students will learn about a variety of fish adaptations for marine and freshwater environments. Students will design a fish using custom printable body plan variations and justify the adaptation choices given to the species with information about how that fish has evolved to be successful for its environment.

STEM Learning Module:

Living on a Chimney

Introduce students to ecological relationships and organisms existing in one of the most extreme habitats on Earth: deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Using creature cards to construct a model food web with trophic levels, trophic positions, and ecological niches, students will determine the spatial distribution of organisms across a hydrothermal vent community based on provided evidence.