MARE Grade 8 – Polar Seas

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MARE  Grade 8 – Polar Seas

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Ocean Week

Teaching Strategies

Activity 1: Apples and Oceans
Students slice an apple and draw a pie chart to represent the small amount of drinkable water on land, and the small portion of the ocean that is highly productive.

Activity 2: Current Trends
Students rotate through experimental stations where they create currents with wind and by combining water of different temperatures and salinities.

Activity 3: Mirounga, Mirounga
Students work cooperatively to teach each other about parts of the elephant seal life cycle and adaptations to contend with both the marine and terrestrial environments and then participate in a “gameshow” to check for understanding.

Activity 4: Squid Dissection
Students dissect a squid to study its adaptations and then participate in a squid feast.

Activity 5: The Great Plankton Race
Students construct and race plankton models made from various materials to simulate adaptations to slow sinking. They then graph sinking rates.

Activity 6: Class Action Whale
Students act out specific body parts of whales then put the parts together to act out behaviors and adaptations.

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