Suggested for ages 10 and up.
Class Duration – once a week for six consecutive weeks.
View when the next live class session is scheduled by clicking on the Live Class Schedule (calendar) tab here or at the top of this page.
We live in a time wherein deep sea exploration has reached new “depths” of discovery like no other time in history! Organizations like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Monterey Bay Research Institute (MBARI) are using cutting edge technologies to plumb the abyss and are bringing us the latest habitat and sea creature discoveries never seen before! Come on a learning journey and study bazaar yet amazing deep sea creatures, some of them recently discovered and some of them old! Below are the topics covered in this mini course.
Class weekly topics:
Lesson #1 – Deep Sea Communities
Lesson #2 – Deep Sea Fish I: Anglerfish, Fangtooth, Sloane’s Viperfish, and Snailfish
Lesson #3 – Deep Sea Cephalopods: Dumbo Octopus, Vampire Squid and Giant Squid
Lesson #4 – Deep Sea Echinoderms – Sea Pigs, Brisingid Starfish & Crinoids
Lesson #5 – Deep Sea Shark: Megamouth, Goblin & Frilled Sharks;
Lesson #6 – Deep Sea Crustaceans & Sponges – Giant Isopod, Japanese Spider & Yeti crabs; sponges: Harp Sponge & Venus’ Flower Basket
What's included in this class?
- Password protected courseware
- Six 1-hour live class sessions
- Six 20 – 40-minute recordings (times vary) with additional YouTube videos enhancing the lesson
- Six Slideshow lessons
- Six study guides
- Web links with project and activity ideas, downloads, web resources, and lesson enhancing YouTube videos
- Blank journal labeled Dramatic Deep Sea Creatures or a three-ring binder with a tab dedicated to this class.
- A mechanical pencil with lead and a good eraser or a pencil with a good eraser.
- Optional: colored pencils for making each week's sketches in the provided journal templates.
- Optional: Camera with video capabilities for photographing and videoing student work to share as links from a family or personal blog. Links can then be shared in the comments section of this course for the instructor and student body to view.
- A faithful wireless Internet connection.
What students can do per lesson:
- Fill out the study guide as I go through the live presentation or take notes in a blank notebook for this class.
- Complete a journal template about their favorite deep sea creature per lesson.
- Do a student chosen project or activity per lesson or one larger project to share with the class at the end of the 3-week session.
- Earn one cool digital achievement badge after completing each lesson.
Class begins with a Slideshow presentation. Students can fill out the study guide questions as I go through the presentation. All of the answers are found in the Slideshow. After the Slideshow, there is student/teacher discussion and Q & A about the topic. We browse together through the website of resources. During the live classes, I show videos enhancing the lesson. Students taking the lessons by recording, after they view the recording, will be directed to a web resource link to view additional lesson enhancing YouTube videos. Students can choose a project or experiment to complete outside of the live or recorded class experience. They can optionally post a link to their work in the comments section for kind student and teacher feedback.
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Dramatic Deep Sea Creatures 6-week Class
Lesson #1 – Deep Sea Communities
We study the deep sea community including organisms and the deep sea ecosystem. Our studies include brine pools, and deep sea vents called smokers and mud volcanoes.
Lesson #2 – Deep Sea Fish: Anglerfish, Fangtooth, Sloane’s Viperfish, Snailfish
The zoology of the anglerfish, Fangtooth, Sloane’s viperfish and the Snailfish are studied.
Lesson #3 – Deep Sea Cephalopods: Dumbo Octopus,Vampire & Giant Squid
The Dumbo octopus, Vampire squid and Bigfin squid zoology are all studied in this lesson.
Lesson #4 – Deep Sea Echinoderms (starfish, sea cucumbers and Allies)
Deep Sea Echinoderms – Sea Pigs, Brisingid Starfish & Crinoids Pre-lesson Activity
The curious Sea pigs, Brisingid starfish & crinoid biology are studied in lesson #4.
Deep Sea Echinoderms Quizlets
Enjoy playing games, studying flashcards and taking the tests for deep-sea echinoderms using the automated Quizlets.
Lesson #5 – Deep Sea Sharks
Pre-lesson Activity – Sharkopedia: Sharks of the Deep
Have a look at this remarkable website with all the different kinds of deep-sea sharks!
Pre-lesson Activity – Deep Sea Sharks Featured Posters with Sharkopedia
Enjoy reading these fabulous posters about the Megamouth and Goblin sharks!
Lesson #6 – Deep Sea Crustaceans and Sponges (Porifera)
Pre-lesson Activity – Yeti Crab & Poster
We study the zoology of the deep Sea Crustaceans and sponges. Species included are the Deep Sea Crabs, Giant Isopod, and the Harp sponge.