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Island Explorers Curriculum Home

 

Unit 2

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Lesson Plan 4

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"SEA WATER SURPRISE"

QUESTION
What life forms can you find in a drop of seawater?

UNDERLYING CONCEPT
Plankton are diverse organisms that cannot swim against a current. Most plankton are microscopic and cannot be seen with the naked eye. In addition, special equipment must be used to collect them because they are so small.

SKILLS

  • Observation
  • Prediction
  • Classification
  • Using appropriate scientific tools for investigations

OBJECTIVES

Students will be able to:

  • Use a microscope
  • Recognize microscopic organisms found in seawater
  • Draw one of the planktonic organisms observed
  • Identify one or more plankton by comparing with guides

TIME NEEDED

  • Approximately two 40 minute sessions, dependent on age group and depth of investigation

MATERIALS NEEDED

  • Microscope Picture and Rules
  • Blue butcher paper (cut into shape of large drop of water)
  • Markers
  • Sea water samples (do not use artificial sea water like, "Instant Ocean")
  • Plankton guides and photographs for students
  • Dissecting microscopes and light source
  • Petri dishes (or slides or watch glasses to hold samples)
  • Paper
  • Pens




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