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Resource Language:

English

Regional Focus

Global

Habitats: Oceans

Author: Discovery Education UK
Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Subjects: Science, Biology
Format: YouTube Video
Resource Type:
  • Video, 2 minutes, 9 seconds, CC, Subtitles
Synopsis
  • This short video is an introduction to ocean habitats, marine biodiversity, and environmental conditions found in the world's oceans.
  • It is the beginning segment of a longer video about ocean habitats.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video has beautiful footage of organisms interacting in a ocean habitat.
  • A focus on adaptations and diversity in aquatic organisms is helpful for examining the NGSS crosscutting concept of structure and function.

Additional Prerequisites

  • This video is a preview of Discovery Education UK's habitat module on oceans. A login is required to view additional content.

Differentiation

  • Consider having students choose one species they observe in the video to research further and explain how it is adapted to living in an ocean habitat.
  • This would be a good video to use when discussing the concepts of biodiversity, adaptations, or the importance of water for life on Earth.
  • Art or science classrooms could use the video footage as inspiration for an art piece that demonstrates the structure of organisms and how they function in the ocean.  
  • Additional resources to use when discussing oceans are Our Oceans: Timelapse in Google Earth and Adesh's Deep Sea Dive.
Scientist Notes
One of the world's most important natural habitats, according to the resource, is the ocean. The types of plants and animals that are frequently seen in the area are highlighted. It highlights the relationships between marine organisms at various trophic levels as well as how each one of them has evolved to thrive in a particular ecosystem. It is recommended that teachers use this resource when instructing.
Standards
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.3.2 Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • K-ESS3-1 Use a model to represent the relationship between the needs of different plants or animals (including humans) and the places they live.
    • ESS2: Earth's Systems
      • 3-ESS2-2 Obtain and combine information to describe climates in different regions of the world.
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