BBC Earth: The Blue Planet: Frozen Seas Viewing Activity
For this lesson you will need access to The Blue Planet episode ‘Frozen Seas,’ the DVD is not included, but this episode may be available on YouTUBE. The episode runs for approximately 50 minutes. It is also found on Itunes for AU$2.99.
This episode can be found in the BBC Earth box set entitled ‘THE BLUE PLANET: A Natural History of the Oceans.’ This DVD box set contains 4 dvds.
This episode looks at the survival techniques of creatures who endure the harsh conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic. It focuses on the adaptations of Arctic and Antarctic creatures which allow them to survive. It also focuses on the feeding relationships in these areas.
I made this viewing activity as a part of my multi-age unit called ‘Our Ocean Planet.’ I wanted my students to see these adaptations on screen, rather than just on a website or in a book and for students to recognise the various feeding relationships including parasite, prey, predator, host and scavenger.
This viewing sheet does not have questions for students to answer, but nine focus points for students to look out for during the episode.
Students take notes under these focus points which include the adaptations and feeding relationships of creatures from the poles such as the:
This documentary is fabulous for showing students first hand, the different types of adaptations of animals from the poles as well as their feeding relationships.
Answers for this viewing activity are included.
ACARA - ACSSU043
Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment.
ACARA – ACSSU094
The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment.
Blue Planet: Frozen Seas - Adaptations and Feeding Relationships
by Kathleen Crawford
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