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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Alaska Sea Grant Seas & Watersheds: Ocean and Beach Food Webs

In this unit from the Alaska Seas & Watersheds Curriculum, students investigate marine and intertidal food webs, then collect and observe plankton, and observe food web interactions during a beach field trip. After the field trip, students observe plankton using microscopes and do research to extend their learning about food chains and webs. They construct…

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Stations – Effects of Marine Debris on Ecosystems

A series of 6 engaging station activities that introduce students to the ecosystem impacts of marine debris through hands-on demonstrations, games, and art activities. Each of the stations is designed to be set up by the teacher and then explored independently by student groups, but teachers could also facilitate each activity in turn. Any one…

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Legend and Science of the Bidarki

Lesson plan for classroom and field-trip based activities that introduce students to the community-based research on Bidarki chitons (Katharina tunicata) and the different factors that impact Bidarki abundance, distribution, and size. Includes a field trip for collecting data about Bidarki size and abundance.

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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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