Learning objectives/lesson goals: “True” jellyfish shoot darts filled with venom at their prey. Their prey either brush up against the jellyfish tentacles or are sensed by the jellyfish. The body parts of the medusa cycle of the Jellyfish are complicated. Jellyfish are drifters, they don’t sink or float.
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WHEREOutside if possibleClassroom
WHOParent/VolunteerTeacher/Volunteer7th/8th graders
MATERIALSDesign a Drifter
Corks, Toothpicks, clay, pipe cleaners, paper clips, twist ties, rubber bands, coffee stirrers, biodegradable packing pellets and metal washers. Clear plastic tub of water.
Jellyfish Body Parts Concentration Game
Body part cards laminated
Jellyfish Dart Game
Magnetic Dart board (fish pictures attached to darts),
Recording sheet and pencils
ACTIVITIESUse a variety of materials to create a drifter (jellyfish) that lives at sea. Remember, your drifter must be submerged. It can’t float at the surface because it’ll get sunburned or eaten by predators, and your drifter can’t sink because it needs sunlight to grow, or perhaps it feeds on plants that live at the surface. Do outside if possible.Lay out the cards and students try to match the body parts (memory). To get a point for matching the cards, they need to find the card with the body part definition and read it aloud. Student with the most matches and definition card wins.Two teams of 2 students:
Take turns shooting darts and recording points. Each team member gets 4 turns.
Highest points wins.
(Red Center =25 and Bulls Eye =30 points) The darts are a similation of the “darts” jellyfish shoot out to prey and predators. Once the tenacles touch an object the dart is released.
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