Ocean Layers of Life

WebQuest

 school of fish

Created by: Norene Furutani, Harriet Okuhara, Jan Yoshizu, & Jan Ishikawa

Introduction

You are Jacques Cousteau who is about to go on another ocean adventure. While scuba diving and riding in your mini submarine you come across many strange and beautiful sea creatures living in the different depths of the ocean.

Task

Your task is to select an ocean animal and research the characteristics of your animal and the layer (zone) which it lives in. You will draw a picture of your animal and will place it on a class mural.
crunching parrotfishgulping fishlong nose butterfly fish

Process

1. You will go to a website (animals listed below on table) to research information about your specific animal. Click here to get the notetaking form.

2. Each person will write a report on the animal they selected.

3. Group yourselves into teams by which ocean layer (zone) your animal lives in.

4. Team members will work together to create a mural of their ocean layer (zone) including their animals.

5. Teams will then present their findings to the class.

6. After teams present their findings, the class will put their layers (zones) together to form a class mural.


blacktip reef sharkAnimals in the Ocean Layersthresher shark
Anemone
Bottlenose Dolphin
Brittle Star
Common Thresher Shark
Football Fish
Flying Fish
Giant Tube Worm
Gulper Eel
Hatchet Fish
Humpback Whale
Large Jelly
Lobster
Manta Ray
Mussels
Portuguese Man-of-War
Oarfish
Octopus
Scallop
Sea Pens
Seals
Seastar
Swordfish
Tripod Fish
Tuna

Resources
Ocean Light Zones
Chart of Ocean Layers
Sunlight Zone
Twilight Zone
Midnight Zone
Natureworks: Ocean Zones
Enchanted Learning

Evaluation

Click here for Rubric


Conclusion

After you have completed this WebQuest you will have learned a lot about the different ocean zones and the animals that live in them. The class mural you have worked to create will spark an interest in the ocean and all its wonders!

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