Bioluminescence: Living Light

National Geographic Xpeditions

This National Geographic lesson plan explores bioluminescent creatures and the underwater world in which they live. Using shoeboxes and black paint, students are directed to build a deep-sea model and inhabit it with fish made out of black construction paper. Students then use the model to describe how organisms use bioluminescence and learn about its use as camouflage. In addition to a detailed protocol, the lesson plan includes suggestions for assessments and links to additional information.

Subject: Biology:Ecology:Symbiotic Relations:Mutualism, Biology, Ecology:Habitats:Water Column, Marine, Biology:Microbiology, Evolution:Patterns
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity, Classroom Activity
Grade Level: High School (9-12), Middle (6-8), Intermediate (3-5)
Ocean Environments: Deep Waters, Surface Waters
Topics: Biosphere:Ecology:Habitats:Marine, Biosphere:Ecology:Abiotic Relations, Habitats:Water Column, Biosphere:Microbiology, Evolution:Processes, Biosphere:Ecology
Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:Ecology