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Jonathan Bird’s Blue World


found in: science; 6-8

Jonathan Bird’s Blue World provides webisodes, study guides, and lesson plans for grades 6-8 science that can be adapted for younger and older students. Study guides and lesson plans can be downloaded.

Watch Webisodes includes 108 videos (time varies) that can be browsed or searched by keyword, season, national science education standard, or ocean literacy principle. Webisode 103, Cephalopods!,  (11:43) investigates octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. The video relates cephalopods to other mollusks, distinguishes the four types, discusses convergent evolution in relation to the cephalopod eye, the octopus’s intelligence and ability to change color and pattern to camouflage itself, tool use, and more. This webisode links to three related videos: coral reefs, sea cucumbers, and color and camouflage.

Some webisodes include lesson plans. Webisode 46: Symbiosis in the Sea, for example, includes the lesson The Real Nemo  ( PDF, 1.9 MB, 6 pgs.) in which students investigate mutualism, commensalism, and parasitism in the sea. NOTE: the lesson defines “symbiosis” as a relationship that may or may not benefit both organisms, a more inclusive definition than has been used in the past. Webisode 46 has a Study Guide as well. ( PDF, 263 KB, 1 pg.)

For Educators supplies study guides, lesson plans, science standards, ocean literacy principles, and highlights curriculum-based webisodes.

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