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Video: Take a Virtual Dive in a Kelp Forest

Video: Take a Virtual Dive in a Kelp Forest


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Subject ScienceLife Science
Grade Level Grades 3-8
Standards Alignment
Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

Visit an underwater forest near Point Lobos, California, to learn what a kelp forest food web looks like. From the smallest microbes to the largest animals, more than a thousand species take part in this diverse food web that draws its energy from the Sun.

Guiding Questions

  • How does a food web show the connections among living things? What do the connections in the web represent?
  • What is the ultimate source of energy for this food web?
  • What is the difference between a producer and a consumer? Name one example of each from the clip.

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Take a Virtual Dive in a Kelp Forest | California Academy of Sciences
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Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment.
Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.


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