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Activity: Different Ocean Zones

Monday, March 16, 2015

Activity #3: Why do some animals live in deeper water than others? What lives in different ocean zones? (Disneynature Oceans Educators Guide)
Time: One 45 min. class session
  • Copies of ocean zones (p. 24 Disneynature_Oceans)
  • Copies of ocean creatures p. 27
  • Computers
  • Glue or tape
  • crayons
Guiding Questions

What are the different ocean zones?

Why can some organisms survive in certain zones?

What are the characteristics of each zone?

  • Divide students into groups of 3-4. Tell them they will be studying the animals that live in the different ocean zones.
  • Give each group a copy of pg. 24, the diagram that shows the five zones that make up the ocean depths and pg. 27, which has line drawings of different ocean creatures.
  • Students cut out the ocean creatures and use the laptops to research where the organisms live. They will then glue or tape them in the correct zone. Be sure to remind students that some creatures move from one zone to another. Students can color the creatures if time allows.
  • Groups present their completed diagrams and explain why they chose the zone where they put the creature.
    • Guiding Questions to ask during this part of the activity: What are the characteristics of each zone? Why are some creatures able to live in more than one zone?
  • Discourse
    • Why can some organisms live in certain zones? How does understanding the different ocean zones help to minimize the impact of energy resources?
  • Using pictures will assist students with learning disabilities
ELL Modification
  • Students will work with another students to look for research
Check for Understanding Students present their diagrams and check for understanding.
download.jpgCommotion in the Ocean Activity Different Ocean Zones.pdf

Use with the Commotion in the Ocean Master Lesson Plan

by Science Generalist at 3:33 PM in Activity, Elementary, Life Science
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