Use this anticipation guide to engage your students while they learn. National Geographic's "Strange Deep Sea Creatures" is a great video available on YouTube with many classroom applications:
- The unknown and wonder of the deep - students see first hand many previously unknown creatures not known to science and realize how much more is out there, unknown. See the use of bioluminescence by many different creatures and begin to understand why they use this.
- STEM - The entire movie shows ROV's, ships, scientists working, it's a great motivational piece for marine electronics and exploration. At the end the kids get to see an underwater "plane", which is really cool, and I want one!
- Ocean preservation and human impacts - The video spends time discussing the Orange Roughy fishery, and why policy decisions should not be made without performing scientific research.
- Biodiversity and marine geology (trenches, fissures, seamounts, hydrothermal vents) Mesopelagic, abyssal zones, benthic - all great words explained and used first hand.
All of this and so much more. The anticipation guide comes with an answer key. There is an optional summary assignment as well that incorporates evidence-based writing. After the movie the students are asked to write a 4-5 sentence summary using underlined and numbered evidence.