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Wednesday 11 Nov 2020
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  • 45 mins
  • 11-14


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FREE - STEM clubs / ages 11-14 | Adaptation in the ocean

This exciting activity explores how sharks are adapted to be the ultimate marine predators. The investigation examines the relationship between shape and water resistance.

Curriculum links

Evolution and inheritance

  • differences between species
  • the variation between species and between individuals of the same species means some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection

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Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the STEAM activities in the Coral Oceans collection or teach a one-off Coral Live prep lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

This lesson is based around the Streamlined sharks activity and if your students are following live, you will need to gather these activity resources in advance.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)
The session will open with a welcome from Jamie and a brief introduction to the expedition.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
Jamie will explain some of the reasons that sharks have hardly changed in 100 million years and will go on to pose questions for students to reflect on about what would make the ultimate coral animal. At this point you can distribute resources to students and they can begin dividing up the modelling clay, ensuring each piece has the same mass.

3. Activity time (15 mins)
Jamie will begin demonstrating the activity, students can follow along in real-time. During this time, you can submit your students’ questions via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity Jamie will answer some of the questions students have submitted before suggesting other Coral Live activities you might like to try.

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Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

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