Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats

This resource is a set of 4 lessons where pupils will learn about ocean biodiversity, food webs, human impacts on the ocean environment and different marine habitats around the UK. The target audience for this resource is level 2 learners in Scotland, corresponding to 10-12 years old (P5-P7 classes).

This collection of 4 videos and lessons guides the class through topics such as ocean biodiversity and food webs, human activities and impacts on the ocean as well as marine habitats in the UK and Scotland – finishing with the opportunity for students to reflect on their own experiences with the ocean. This resource aims to broaden pupils’ knowledge and understanding about the ocean and life within it and give them an appreciation of marine habitats around the British Isles. Pupils will also enhance their understanding of different experiences of the ocean between people and cultures.

This resource bundle includes 4 lesson videos narrated by Teresa Ikpe, the resource author, on Media Hopper Create as well as pdf and editable versions of the following:

  • Lesson plans in the Teacher’s guide:
    • Lesson 1: Biodiversity & Food Webs in the Ocean
    • Lesson 2: Human activities & impacts on ocean biodiversity
    • Lesson 3: Marine habitats in the UK and Scotland
    • Lesson 4: Personal reflection on the ocean
  • 2 worksheets for lesson 1: Diverse Species and Ocean Food Web
  • 1 worksheet for lesson 2: The Noise Problem
  • 1 worksheet for lesson 3: Marine Habitats
  • 1 worksheet for lesson 4: The Ocean and Me
  • Model answer booklet containing worksheet answers

The lesson videos and their Media Hopper Create links can be seen below:

Click here to view “Lesson 1: Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats” on Media Hopper Create

Click here to view “Lesson 2: Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats” on Media Hopper Create

Click here to view “Lesson 3: Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats” on Media Hopper Create

Click here to view “Lesson 4: Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats” on Media Hopper Create

Learning Outcomes in the Curriculum for Excellence:

  • SCN 2.01a – I can identify and classify examples of living things, past and present, to help me appreciate their diversity. I can relate physical and behavioural characteristics to their survival or extinction.
  • SCN 2.02a – I can use my knowledge of the interactions and energy flow between plants and animals in ecosystems, food chains and webs. I have contributed to the design or conservation of a wildlife area.
  • SCN 2.02b – Through carrying out practical activities and investigations, I can show how the ocean has benefited society.
  • SCN 2.11a – Through research on how animals communicate, I can explain how sound vibrations are carried by waves through air, water and other media.
  • SOC 2.08a – I can discuss the environmental impact of human activity and suggest ways in which we can live in a more environmentally-responsible way.
  • SOC 2.10a – Having explored my local area, I can present information on different places to live, work and relax and interesting places to visit.
  • SOC 2.13a – I can explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use the ocean and shoreline by comparing my local area with a contrasting area.

Click here to view “Ocean Biodiversity, Food Webs and Habitats” on TES

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