In this interactive virtual lesson, participants will speak with Mote's ocean experts on the topic of spooky ocean creatures.
- 05 min: Introduction and prior knowledge
- 15 min: A-Scare-ium Tour and Riddles
- 10 min: Slime Time and Underwater Pumpkin Carvings
- 5–10 min: Questions and answers
Biodiversity and Adaptations: To provide participants with an understanding of the diverse range of marine species and their unique adaptations to survive in their respective environments. Participants will learn about various kooky and spooky sea creatures such as lionfish, jellyfish, sharks, and giant squid. Participants will understand the specific adaptations these creatures have developed to thrive in their habitats.
Promoting Environmental Awareness and Conservation: To raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a healthy marine ecosystem and the role of each showcased species within it. Participants will gain insight into the ecological significance of each species, including their role in the food chain and ecosystem balance. Participants will be educated about the potential threats these creatures face due to factors like overfishing, habitat destruction, and pollution, promoting a sense of responsibility for marine conservation.
Encouraging Scientific Curiosity: To challenge misconceptions and foster a sense of scientific inquiry by dispelling myths surrounding certain seemingly scary sea creatures. Participants will learn accurate information about creatures like sharks, addressing common misconceptions and emphasizing their vital role in maintaining healthy oceans. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, engage in discussions, and explore scientific concepts related to marine biology, fostering curiosity and critical thinking.
- 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
Florida State Standards
SC.3.L.15.1, SC.3.L.17.1, SC.3.N.1.1, SC.3.N.1.4, SC.3.N.1.7, SC.4.L.16.3, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.N.1.1, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.5.L.15.1, SC.5.L.17.1, SC.6.L.15.1, SC.7.L.15.1, SC.7.L.15.2, S.C.7.L..15.3, SC.7.L.17.1, SC.8.N.4.1, SC.8.N.4.2