Patchy PLankton

Teachers: Carrie Averill and Kim Norbert from Tillamook Jr High School

Scientist: Luke Bobay, Oregon State University

Patchy Plankton

Lesson Plan: Patchy Plankton

Links to the materials included in the lesson plan

  • Key terms and definitions
  • Patchy Plankton Hook
  • OSU Plankton Ecology Lab
  • Career Connection
    • Researcher bio: Luke Bobay (pdf)
  • Temporary Plankton Matching Activity
    • Matching cards (pdf)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)
  • Sampling Transects Activity
    • Sampling Transects presentation (ppt)(pdf)
    • Sampling Transects student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)
  • Dichotomous Key Activity
    • Plankton ID presentation (ppt)(pdf)
    • Optional plankton collection (pdf)
    • Dichotomous Key student worksheet (pdf)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)
  • Food Webs Activity
    • Food Webs presentation (ppt)(pdf)
    • Food Webs student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)
  • ISIIS Imagery Activity
    • ISIIS Imagery presentation (ppt)(pdf)
    • ISIIS Imagery student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • ISIIS Image sets (1)(2)(3)(4)
    • ISIIS image key (pdf) and spreadsheet (xls)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)
  • Plankton Portal
  • Brine Shrimp Feeding Experiment
    • Brine shrimp experiment student worksheet (pdf)(doc)
    • Teacher notes (pdf)

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Anchoring Phenomenon

Patchy Plankton

Driving Question

What factors contribute to spatial variability in plankton abundance?

Grade Level


Created By

Team Plankton ORSEA 2021-22


View the Capstone Presentation presented about this project (August 23, 2022)

The 2021-22 ORSEA materials are based upon work supported by Oregon Sea Grant and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub, as well as the National Science Foundation Regional Class Research Vessels under Cooperative Agreement No. 1333564 Award: OCE-1748726. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.