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Inspiring Seas - Classify this!

A game to apply classification theory (activities and work sheets).

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Inspiring Seas - Habitats of the world

Introduction to the diversity of habitats and how organisms are adapted to their environment (activities).

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Inspiring Seas - An oceanwide safari

Introduction to the diversity of habitats in the oceans. Examines threats to ecosystems and interactions (powerpoint and activities).

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Inspiring Seas - Adapting to the extreme

Lesson plan, slideshow and activities looking at environmental adaptation and Darwin's theory.

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Insipring seas - A dog eat dogfish world

Lesson plan and activities, looking at predator and prey adaptations in the marine environment. Includes a 'design a super predator' activity.

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Inspiring Seas - Food for thought

Powerpoint slide show and food web activity using laminated cards. Examines coral reefs, the North Sea and the Antarctic Ocean, and looks at effect of the disruption food webs by humans.

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Inspiring Seas - Sex and the sea

Presentation examining external and internal fertilization, and defining sexual and asexual reproduction with examples of marine reproductive strategies.

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Inspiring Seas - Preparing for marine ecology

Presentation on how marine life is studied. A good preparation for field trips, it explains quadrat sampling. Includes use of identificatio nguides, a guide to seaweed structure, and MS Excel data on limpets for creating graphs in class.

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Inspiring Seas - Marine medicines

Presentation looking at the potential for deriving new drugs from marine plants and animals. Examines ethical issues of biopiracy and harvesting sea life.

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Inspiring Seas - Posters

Two posters: a) the seven life processes as applied to sharks, and b) factors affecting population size.

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Inspiring Seas - The oceans and climate change

Presentation looks at the ocean conveyor, thermohaline circulation, sea level rise, effects on food webs, and ocean acidification. Includes a practical experiment to model sea water density gradients.

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Inspiring Seas - Marine pollution

Presentation dealing with the origins and effects of pollution. Includes an activity to create a leaflet.

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Inspiring Seas - Choosing buddies - stranded on a desert island

Activity looking at problem solving, using peoples skills and the scientific method.

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Inspiring Seas - Finding water

Instructional presentation about making a solar still on a desert island. Includes a practical on the evaporation of sea water and a demonstration of the Liebig condenser. Pupils can construct a solar still.

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Inspiring Seas - Starting fires - work sheets

Linked to the 'Inspiring Seas - choosing buddies lesson', pupils make fire. Includes two practical activities: using a lens, and making a parabolic mirror from the end of a drinks can!

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Inspiring Seas - Building shelters

Materials science lesson where pupils construct model shelters with lolipop sticks, twine, card, then peer judge according to strength and waterproofing.

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Inspiring Seas - Finding food

The presentation looks at foraging for food on the rocky shore, essential vitamins, minerals and food groups. Includes information on vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases.

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Inspiring Seas - Making sundials

Presentation deals with the Sun's path across sky, the Earth's spin and tilt, and seasonal differences. Practical activity making a sundial from pot and stick.

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Inspiring Seas - Treating stings (practical activity)

Pupils test bee and jellyfish toxins. They use household items to neutralise stings and discover which is most effective.

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Inspiring Seas - Escape from limpet island

Presentation looking at Archimede's principal, upthrust and moments. Pupils apply the knowledge gained to build a model raft out of lollipop sticks, twine, and plastic sheeting.

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Inspiring Seas - Marine aliens

Presentation looks at importance of ocean ecosystem, for food webs and feeding relationships, then goes on to discuss transport of alien species via shipping.

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