Video Clip: Underwater Astonishment


David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square’s worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean.

I think this video clip is so cool and would be great to use in the class. You could talk about animal adaptations, body structure and function, different ways animals protect themselves, bioluminescence, mating (for the older students of course), the importance of ocean conservation, or just talk about the different, cool organisms in the sea.

I love making connections to literacy in all subjects. There are a lot of great trade books about sea animals and STEM careers related to oceans and marine life. I’ve listed a few great trade books in the ‘Resources’ section. Moreover, teachers could use this clip to prompt nonfiction and creative writing. Talk about aligning the curriculum!

When I use literacy in science, I make sure that the science is explicit. We cover science standards and talk about specific science concepts. I use literacy to help make science connections rather than soley using literature to comprehend science concepts. Focus on the “science of it”. Science doesn’t just have to happen in the science classroom.

TED-Ed has a pretty cool lesson to compliment this video. The activities include:

  • Watch- Watch the video
  • Think- Answer four questions
  • Dig Deeper- Further research on the topic, great for nonfiction reading and writing

What do you find fascinating about our largest ecosystem? How do you share a love of the ocean with others?



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Ted Talk: David Gallo: You can download the video from the Ted Talk site.

Ted Ed: Underwater Astonishments

Trade Book: Life in the Ocean- The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Here Come the Humpback by  April Pulley Sayre

National Geographic Kids First Big Book of the Ocean by Catherine D. Hughes

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