This activity is geared at younger elementary children to showcase what they have learned about creatures of the deep. This is not project about developing research skills or a guide to doing research.
I use this poster board project as a warm up activity: I use the Ocean Zone Sentence Strips (Created by National Geographic*) and have the students place these strips on their poster boards in the correct ocean layer. Then they find images of the ocean life that belong in that layer. I have included a scoring guide in which to score the poster boards. In the past, some students have elected to create Power Point or Prezi presentations in lieu of a poster board. Sample finished products are included. The students are scored on their oral presentation of the types of ocean life they are displaying.
* The National Geographic sentence strips are a freebie download from the National Geographic site. Since web links change, I included a PDF download of the sentence strips in this zip file as a convenience--I am not selling this as part of my product.