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Creature From The Deep
In this activity students will become familiar with oceanography terms by writing an oceanography horror story. Terms include sea floor features, marine organisms, oceanographic sampling, and creative writing. Students can use their imaginations to good advantage in this activity, but they must get the facts right! For example, they can change one characteristic of an organism, such as increasing the size of a salp to 10 meters, but they need to include information about the normal size in the definition section. Students may choose from only certain terms, such as sea floor features or can be provided with an entire list for students to choose from. Marine biology provides a rich source of creatures which can easily be modified for the purposes of a horror story.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
  • Ecology
  • Geological Sciences:
    • Geology
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 1998-2008 by Sea Education Association, all rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-009-576
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Structure and function in living systems
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Form and function
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: Sea Education Association