Teach your students about underwater life and the science of the world's oceans with this collection of resources.
Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History teamed up to create the compelling “Investigate the Giant Squid” project (grades 3 and up). The project’s online learning activities help students explore the Giant Squid, a mysterious creature of the deep sea, while enhancing students’ reading and writing skills, critical thinking skills, and more.
- The Giant Quest introduces to students four ways scientists study the giant squid, and shares mysteries about the creature that still exist.
- Take Action!: This writing activity challenges students to consider what they’ve learned so far about the giant squid, then brainstorm a question that intrigues them. Then they must write up plan online to investigate that question, preview it, and print it.
- Investigate shares articles on deep-sea ecosystems and underwater adaptations for further reading.
- Once students have completed the activities above, Putting It Together offers tips and ideas on how they can create a research presentation, whether it’s a written report, an oral presentation, or a multimedia experience.
- The Giant Squid Library shares dozens of articles on related topics, including animals; environmental studies; habitats and ecosystems; marine life, oceans, lake and rivers; atoms and molecules; and light.
- Backyard Science offers eight different marine-related activities that students can conduct at home.
- Students can share their thoughts, questions, and ideas about science with other kids on Scholastic’s Message Boards.
While participating in the “Investigate the Giant Squid” project, students will:
- Learn grade-appropriate facts about the topic
- Build scientific thinking skills as they follow a guided path of inquiry and analysis
- Learn how professional scientists and experts conduct investigations and present findings
- Practice reading strategies and skills needed to decode and comprehend nonfiction and informational texts
- Develop skills for writing about research-based topics
- Strengthen research and critical reasoning skills as they gather, assess, and use data