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Phyto or Zoo? - COSEE Coastal Trends

Lesson Plan 

Students are introduced to different phytoplankton and zooplankton and build their own dichotomous key through an inquiry based lesson

Concept: Ocean life diversity
There is a high diversity of life in the ocean with a wide range of functions and interactions.

National Science Education Standards
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9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): Ocean Life and Ecosystems

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapters 5 and 6.  A Survey of Life in the Sea