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Channel Islands Live Dive: 5th Grade

Kelp forest

Robert Schwemmer

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Students explore the kelp forest with a park ranger-diver through an interactive distance learning program. The role of kelp as a producer and, therefore, its ability to produce oxygen through photosynthesis are emphasized. Affects of human activities on kelp forests are also explored.

Broadcast length: 30 minutes

Grade level: Fifth

Objectives addressed:

  • Explain the role of photosynthesis in the functioning of marine ecosystems.
  • Explain why photosynthesis is essential to the survival of humans and human communities.
  • Provide examples of how humans and human communities can influence the process of photosynthesis and thus the flow ofmatter and energy within the kelp forest.

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, Environment, Marine Biology, Oceanography, Oceans
National/State Standards:
NS 5–8, C/Life Sciences: Structure and function in living systems; F/Science in Personal and Social Perspectives: Populations, resources, and environments
food chain, food web, ocean, producers, consumers, decomposer, oceans, photosynthesis, kelp forest, marine biology, islands, island
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