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DEEPEND Consortium

found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

DEEPEND investigates deep-pelagic communities in the Gulf of Mexico to assess recovery of these communities following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010). DEEPEND Consortium – Education  provides resources and activities for K-5 and lessons for K-12 science based on the consortium’s findings.

Grades K-5 resources include books, postcards, trading cards, coloring pages, and posters. Taking Science Deeper Taking Science Deeper Activities  has four books that can be downloaded. Book 2: Deep-Sea Animals  (PDF , 4.9 MB, 25 pgs.) describes five cross-curricular activities, such as making an anglerfish hat. Postcards from the DEEP  (PDF , 17.1 MB, 28 pgs.) are images and messages from DEEPEND scientists. And don’t miss the link to Whale Times  with brief articles and announcements.

Lesson Plans  are grouped K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Elementary teachers will find coloring sheets and a link to the activities described above. Middle and high school teachers will find materials covering the BP oil spill, learning modules and pollution, and related subjects.

Other Resources:

Websites includes links to sites on the Gulf of Mexico, deep ocean exploration and ecosystems, ROVs, currents, ecology, biology, pressure change, and oil spills.

Video Clips cover oils spills, physics and chemistry, animals, exploration, and more. A video found in the section Undergrad/Graduate Students is a brief (6:20) description of assessing genetic biodiversity of deep-sea fish  given by Dr. Mahmood Shivji. Dr Shivji is an enthusiastic presenter who explains why scientific research is critical and how much he has enjoyed a career in marine science.


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