In this interactive virtual lesson, participants will speak with Mote's ocean experts on the topic of mollusk diversity, research, and conservation.
- Introduction and prior knowledge
- Mollusk adaptations
- Mollusk diversity
- Optional squid dissection demonstration
- Mollusk ecology and economics
- Mollusk research and conservation
- Questions and answers
Understanding Mollusk Diversity and Adaptations – Students will be able to categorize and describe different types of mollusks, including their various adaptations. They will understand the differences between the major classes of the phylum Mollusca. Through interactive activities and discussions, students will explore how these adaptations contribute to mollusks' survival in their environments.
- OPTIONAL – Provide a practical experience for students to observe squid anatomy though a guided virtual dissection.
Investigate Mollusk Behavior and Ecology –Through observation and inquiry, students will investigate the behaviors of mollusks, including their feeding habits and ecological roles within marine ecosystems. By examining the interactions between mollusks and their environment, students will understand the vital role they play in maintaining a balanced oceanic ecosystem.
Examine Misconceptions and Conservation Efforts – Students will analyze the role and relationship of mollusks to people and their economic significance throughout human history. They will develop the ability to ask informed questions and seek answers about the complex relationships between mollusks, humans, and their habitats. They will develop an appreciation of the value of invertebrates and understand the importance of stewardship to help with their conservation.
- OLP #5 – The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems
- OLP #6 – The ocean and humans are inextricably interconnected
- 1.7 Global Collaborator – Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.
- 5-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- 5-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
6th - 8th Grades
- MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
- MS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
9th - 12th Grades
- HS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions (secondary to HS-LS2-7)
- HS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
- HS-ESS3: Earth and Human Activity