Marine Biology Lesson Plan

Instructor: Julie Zundel

Julie has taught high school Zoology, Biology, Physical Science and Chem Tech. She has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Education.

Introduce students to marine biology with this exploratory lesson. Students will learn about different aspects of marine biology and then share what they learned with their peers.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what a marine biologist studies
  • become an expert in one marine biology area and share this knowledge with peers
  • listen and take notes from peers about other marine biology areas


  • Approximately 100-120 minutes
  • Ideally, the lesson will be divided up into two class periods (introduce the article and assignment one day and have students finish the mini-poster as homework if they need to).


  • Markers and colored pencils
  • Printer paper
  • Internet/computers, or printed articles (see instruction portion)
  • Magazines for images (optional)

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.


Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

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