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NATURE Superfish

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Striped Marlin, © Rick Rosenthal
What would it be like to swim with, and film, the biggest, fastest and most dangerous game fish in the ocean? Award-winning cinematographer and marine biologist Rick Rosenthal knows. As the featured scientist in NATURE's Superfish, this intrepid and curious undersea photographer takes viewers on a journey to observe sailfish, swordfish and marlin. Some of these fish weigh more than 1,000 pounds and can reach speeds of 60 miles per hour! Using clips from this film and other Web resources, students will study the group of ocean animals known as billfish and will learn how ocean currents influence the eating habits of various fish. Students will also have the opportunity to shoot their own video to create a nature documentary to present in the classroom.




Grade Level:
Grades 5-8

Time Allotment:
One to Four 45-minute periods

Subject Matter:
Life Science, Language Arts

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:
  • Describe some similarities and differences among billfish.
  • Create a multimedia project that documents the behavior of a living creature.
  • Explain what converging currents are, and how they affect the ocean's plant and animal life.
Standards

National Science Education Standards. Grades 5-8

  • SCIENCE AS INQUIRY:
    Content Standard A - Identify Questions That Can Be Answered Through Scientific Investigations; Use Appropriate Tools and Techniques to Gather, Analyze and Interpret Data

  • LIFE SCIENCE:
    Content Standard C - Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms

  • HISTORY AND NATURE OF SCIENCE:
    Content Standard G - Science as a Human Endeavor

This lesson was prepared with the support of Citi Foundation.

Written by: Jordan D. Brown