Deep Ocean Dwellers
Using a Clip from Planet Earth
Subject: Science/Earth Science and Biology
Ages: 10+; Elementary - High School;
Length: Film Clip: 26 minutes; Lesson: One 45 - 55 minute class period depending upon the extent to which the supplementary materials are discussed with the class.
Excerpts from the Complete Snippet Lesson Plan
Learner Outcomes/Objectives: Students will be introduced to the strange and wonderful creatures that inhabit the depths of the oceans.
Rationale: Few people will directly experience the depths of the seas. This lesson will introduce students to this important habitat.
Description of the Film Clip: This is a portion of the Planet Earth chapter entitled "Ocean Deep." Much of the snippet is devoted to deep ocean volcanic vents. Animal species featured in the snippet include: dolphin, mackerel, shearwater, sailfish, manta ray, sea spider, sore tooth eel, Dumbo octopus, vampire squid, deep sea urchin, shrimp, monk fish, and isopods, squat lobster, giant tube worm, soft coral, and nautilus.
USING THE FILM CLIP IN THE CLASSROOM
Prepare for class by deciding which of the supplemental materials to present to the class. Cue the DVD to the beginning of the film clip. After playing the clip, present the supplemental materials.
[The complete Snippet Lesson Plan contains supplemental materials about the arctic and antarctic.]
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