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Lives In The Sea?
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I've made extensive use of these three videos
while presenting information
about the various aquatic environments (intertidal
zone, rocky shore,
kelp forest, etc.) and also while presenting
information about sea life which includes animals and plants.
The first two videos -- "Monterey Bay Aquarium"
and "Behind the Scenes at the Monterey Bay Aquarium" are comprised of short
informational segments on specific habitats or sealife, and are perfect
for children of all ages. Watching these two videos, over the course
of two to three weeks, is like taking a Virtual Field Trip to the Monterey
I've used these videos for lessons that include
Rocky Shore The Kelp Forest
Flukes and Flippers
In The Sea Sea Otters
& Cuttlefish Giant Pacific
Sea Turtle Jelly Fish
Sea Life Is Collected Aquarium
Outer Bay & Monterey CanyonAviary
& Ocean Birds
Meals -- How The Animals at MBAQ Are Fed
The other video shown above -- "The Living
Sea" -- was created for exhibition in IMAX Theatres, and features songs
and music by STING. The photography is luscious, and the video includes
a follow-up section on "The Making of The Living Sea," which details how
the film was made. The KinderKids enjoyed this one, too.
All three of these videos are wonderful when
used as "mini lessons" to introduce or extend lessons about Ocean Life.
the Kelp Cam at the Monterey Bay Aquarium!
The Kelp Cam collects a series of twenty live
images every minute from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., PST.
This is a fascinating area for my KinderKids,
and we've really enjoyed watching the live images of the Kelp Forest while
learning about the plants and animals who live there. By clicking
here, you can see a short online video about the Kelp Forest. You
can also participate in an interactive online program about identifying
the creatures that live in the Kelp Forest by clicking here.
Some More at the Kid's E-Quarium!
No Virtual Field Trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
would be complete without visiting the wonderful Kids' E-Q. There
are 8 habitats to explore, plus sections on Marine Mammals and on Octopuses
(Octopii?) and their kin. Each of the ten areas is filled with facts,
interactive online exhibits, links to live cams inside the Aquarium (the
Tide Pool cam -- which keeps an eye on the outside tidepool, right below
the Aquarium in the Bay -- and the Otter and Penguin cams are our favorites!).
Don't miss the fun coloring pages, Tic-Tac-Toe and Memory games, and the
super-popular Ollie the Otter paperbag puppet!