Biofilms & Biodiversity - A Maryland Sea Grant activity using plexiglass discs to culture communities in the Bay (or your local water body) to demonstrate how water quality, depth, and biodiversity are linked.
What is the Key to Classification? - This activity from MD Sea Grant goes hand in hand with Biofilms & Biodiversity. In this activity you will learn how to make a dichotomous key and how to identify important organisms that are part of a biofilm community.
Ocean Planet: Biodiversity - With this website, the Smithsonian spotlights 32 organisms to demonstrate the incredible diversity found in the oceans.
Every Square Inch Counts - How do scientists measure the abundance of rocky intertidal organisms? How does the subtidal zone differ from the rocky intertidal zone in organisms and abundance? Every Square Inch Counts is an activity that compares the rocky intertidal habitats of Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to the subtidal benthic habitat in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary.
The Tree of Life - A large complex of websites on the evolutionary tree designed for biologists, but useful for others wanting to locate information about a particular group of organisms. To find information on a group of organisms start by clicking on "The Tree" button.
Project FLOW (Fisheries Learning on the Web) - FLOW is a comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lessons are geared toward educators who teach upper elementary and middle school students. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards for science and social studies and features a hands-on classroom activity. Lessons cover topics such as: food webs, nonindigenous species, watersheds, water quality, fish identification, fish habitat, preserving biodiversity, and water-related careers.
South Carolina Aquarium Online Curriculum - South Carolina Aquarium offers K-8 teachers several activities covering habitats (K-2), communities (3-5), and watersheds (6-8). Though focused on South Carolina's aquatic ecosystems, the activities are applicable oustide the state. The site also includes information on applying these activities to before and after visiting an aquarium. All activities may be adjusted for other grade levels.
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