LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

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:

Deep Sea Debris

Using observations from ROV Hercules dives, introduce students to marine pollution and degradation rates of various materials in seawater. Students will categorize trash types and calculate percentages found on the seafloor and summarize how this data relates to marine pollution trends worldwide. Students will describe local actions they can take within their school/ community to reduce pollution’s impact on the oceans.

STEM Learning Module:

Remote Sensing

Transform your students into an exploration team by taking on the roles and dynamics of directing an expedition to study a seafloor habitat. Use the module’s provided original art printables to set-up a seafloor to observe using a remotely operated car and camera. Students will take on roles of data loggers, navigators, ROV pilots, and expedition leaders learning about remote sensing technologies, data collection, and teamwork.

Printable seafloor scenes by artist Christina Machinski.

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Identifying New Species Classroom Warm up

Classroom Warm-ups: Kick-off any lesson with these one-page, observation-building, problem-solving STEM prompts — whether or not you’re teaching an ocean topic.

Teach your students about the many ways in which new species are discovered and what processes help to confirm their identification. 

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

eDNA & Coral ID Classroom Warm Up

Classroom Warm-ups: Kick-off any lesson with these one-page, observation-building, problem-solving STEM prompts — whether or not you’re teaching an ocean topic.

By detecting environmental DNA (eDNA) in collected water samples, scientists are able to sequence and identify coral species both known and new to science. 

Activity or Mini-Lesson:

Unique Creatures Classroom Warm Up Activity

Classroom Warm-ups: Kick-off any lesson with these one-page, observation-building, problem-solving STEM prompts — whether or not you’re teaching an ocean topic.

The deep ocean is home to some of the wackiest and most bizarre creatures on our planet! Use this fun warm up to teach students about the many specialized adaptations and features these animals, plants, bacterium, and fungi use for their unique habitats.