Ocean Habitats

Lesson Overview

Designed for students of all ages with options to scale up or down. The ocean biome is the largest biome on the planet, containing a fascinating and diverse array of habitats. In this indoor lesson, students will learn about kelp forests, and other unique and often overlooked ocean habitats. Then, students will conduct their own research on a habitat of their choice and develop a sketch, illustration, model, diagram, or presentation (teacher’s choice) showing how energy moves through the habitat in a food web.

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  • Ocean Habitats presentation
  • Activity Sheet
  • Pencil
  • Access to books or Internet sources for research

  • Coloring supplies
  • Craft supplies
  • Digital sharing platform such as Google Classroom, SeeSaw, etc.

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