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Channel Islands Live Dive: 4th Grade

Park rangers diving in kelp forest.

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Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. As kelp forest inhabitants are encountered, fourth grade students identify their roles as producers or consumers. Food chains are constructed. What if one organism in a food chain disappears? What if some condition in the kelp forest changes?

Broadcast length: 30 minutes

Grade level: Fourth

Objectives addressed:

  • Classify organisms from a marine ecosystem as producers and consumers and explain their roles in that system.
  • Explain potential consequences when a component of an ecosystem is changed or eliminated.
  • Describe factors that can adversely affect the health of an ecosystem.

Essential questions:

  • How does change in an ecosystem affect the entire ecosystem?
  • What affect do humans have on ecosystems?

Program Documents

How to Participate

To participate in a Channel Islands Live distance learning program:
  1. Test Your Connection

     Follow one of these set-up instructions and run required tests:

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Software

     Preparing for a Channel Islands Live Broadcast Using Videoconferencing Equipment

  2. Schedule Your Program

    Upon successful testing, schedule your broadcast date and time by submitting the Channel Islands Live Broadcast Reservation Form.
    (Note: Save the PDF fillable form to your computer, add your information in the required fields, save it again, and then attach it to an email. The email address is listed on the form.)

Once your request is processed you will receive an email confirmation of your broadcast date and time. "Day of Broadcast Instructions" will be included with this email. 

Spaces are limited and request forms are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Education programs are offered Wednesdays from September to mid-June between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time. Be sure to keep any time differences in mind when requesting programs. 

If a live program is not available, archived programs can be used with program lesson plans. Other curriculum materials can also help educators explore the park with their students and meet their curriculum needs.

For additional information contact: Education Coordinator


Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Ecology, Environmental Law, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans
National/State Standards:
NS K–4, C/Life Sciences: Organisms and environments; F/Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Changes in environments
kelp forest, ocean, food chain, food web, producers, consumers, decomposer, Kelp Forest Monitoring, marine biology, oceans, islands, island
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