Plankton Chronicles: Protists

3 minute video that shows the diversity of planktonic life that are protists and introduces key types of protists and their natural history.

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Plankton Chronicles: Diatoms

5 minute video that utilizes beautiful microscopy photographs and video clips to explain what diatoms are, their evolutionary history, how they photosynthesize, and their role in marine ecosystems.

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Bigelow Laboratory: Fitting Plankton Into the Food Web

In this lesson from Bigelow Laboratory, students learn about the basics of food webs and trophic levels. Then they compare more familiar terrestrial food webs with marine food webs, using cards with information about various marine organisms to create their own model of a food web.

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Plankton Races (CACS CoastWatch Curriculum)

Lesson plan for a hands-on (and somewhat messy) activity in which students engineer models of plankton to explore the concept of neutral buoyancy and the adaptations plankton have to achieve this.

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Outlaw Algae in Alaska Waters

Interactive website with “offiial gang descriptions” involving “rap sheets” and “mug shots” of six species of harmful algae to learn their identifying characteristics and then take an online quiz organized as “the line up” with “witness statements.”

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Encountering Environmental Hazards on Alaska’s Coast

Portal website for reporting a variety of environmentall hazards people encounter along Alaska’s coast with Alaska-specific factsheets and other resources to teach about invasive species, earthquakes and tsunamis, flooding and erosion, harmful algal blooms and PSP, marine mammal strandings, oil and hazardous spills, and impacts of sea ice and risingocean temperatures.

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