TEACHERS ROOM

Ecological Interactions and Biodiversity of Kelp Forests

by Lauren Fieberg of Sage Hill School
Overview
Procedure
Resources
Assessment
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Written By
Lauren Fieberg of Sage Hill School

Grade Level
K-4

Subject
Ecology
Overview
Kelp forests play a vital role of the health of our global oceans. These fragile biodiverse
ecosystems provide the ideal ecosystem to look at ecological interactions among
organisms, trophic structure, nutrient cycling, and overall ecosystem dynamics. Often times
students who live near the coast get to experience the rock intertidal zone, but rarely do
students get a chance to explore and understand what lies beneath the vastness of the
ocean. This lesson will allow students to explore the kelp forest using basic concepts in
ecology without having ever left the classroom.
Objectives
Students will:
● Engage in meaningful activities focus around kelp forest ecology and the role of
kelp forests in maintaining the health of our local and global oceans
 

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