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Keep it Complex

Lesson Plan Overview

Students describe the significance of complexity in benthic habitats to organisms that live in these habitats. Students describe at least three attributes of benthic habitats that can increase the physical complexity of these habitats. Students provide examples of organisms that increase the structural complexity of their communities. Students infer and explain relationships between species diversity and habitat complexity in benthic communities.

Source NOAA Ocean Explorer
Subjects Life Science
Grades 9-12

Literacy Principles:

OLP#5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.OLP#7: The ocean is largely unexplored.

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