What Lives Down There?

LaStelshia Speaks, Baltimore County Public Schools
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Learners will travel through a process of learning involving reading a book together, comparing video presentations to information within the book, utilize vocabulary to demonstrate expansion of retained information.

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The assignments presented can range from grades 3-7.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Fluent reading, context clues, identifying main ideas and supportive details, reading comprehension.

How the activity is situated in the course

The activities can suit any area of the unit presenting ideas of seafloor investigative practices, understanding diverse organisms on the seafloor, and how interruptions of these ecosystems may or may not be beneficial for those along the seafloor.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

NATURAL HAZARDS IMPACTING SOCIETY: Understanding natural hazards in the marine environment.

Students will be able to:

  • explain how Earthly phenomena and events present altering effects on land and marine survival and sustainability.
  • explain how impacts of human investigation can potentially promote safety and adversely impact such natural outcomes.
  • construct personal arguments involving whether human interactions and investigation can enhance further evolution of organisms impacted by such events or hinder natural evolution.
  • identify areas which sea floor drilling can present deeper opportunities to gain insight to the complexities and extraordinary ecosystems thriving within such environments.
  • offer cross-referenced data and knowledge on how the effects of natural hazard events present to the initial ecosystems in contrast to the final interaction after the event is concluded.
  • think of personalized interpretations of natural events not generated by humans and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.
  • develop personalized concepts based on Earth processes by identifying cause and effect presentations of Earth processes in regards to impact on humans and other organisms.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will be able to expand ideas on what are principle reasons to decide whether it is of moral standing to dig along seafloor ecosystems or study from afar.

Other skills goals for this activity

Students will be able to:

  • capture details from a text by explaining key topics and main ideas.
  • work towards drawing inferences from the text to highlight.
  • analyze, identify, and interpret information presented based on natural hazards which can trigger and potentially cause future catastrophic events.
  • offer information towards the development of technologies to mitigate effects of natural effects and events. Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World

The uses of technologies and any limitations on their use are driven by individual or societal needs, desires, and values; by the findings of scientific research; and by differences in such factors as climate, natural resources, and economic conditions. Thus technology use varies from region to region and over time.

Description and Teaching Materials

Multi Day Plan (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 48kB Mar3 21)
Multi-day plan (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 46kB Mar3 21) 
Speaks Uncovering Earth's Secrets Tasks (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 46kB Mar3 21) 
Science Plan School of Rock-- Multi Day Plan 1 L. Speaks (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 48kB Mar3 21) 

Teaching Notes and Tips


Students will have multiple options to present knowledge and allow assessment of retained information to be captured.

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