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Video Information and Comprehension Questions

Blue Planet: Open Ocean

The following questions appear onscreen in the video. Feel free to integrate them into your lesson plan as needed.

Part I
Before watching the video, consider this.
  • Have you ever thought about the number of organisms that live in the ocean?
  • What do you know about the food web in the ocean?
  • Do you think marine animals communicate with each other? As you watch the program, pay attention to how organisms interact within the food chain.
After watching, talk about this.
  • Discuss the senses marine animals use to communicate. Compare communication methods of marine animals to those of terrestrial animals, especially humans.
  • How do dolphins communicate? Do you think other animals use the same means of communication as dolphins?
Suggested activity
Research the ocean food web. Create a poster that includes each marine organism described in the film. Label what each animal eats and how it finds its food.
Part II
Before watching the video, consider this.
  • Some areas in the open ocean are considered deserts. Others are home to a great diversity of plants and animals. As you watch the program, note how the same climate zone may have differences in vegetation and animal population.
  • Make a note of how these organisms have adapted to their environment.
After watching, talk about this.
  • Discuss ways that different species cooperate to survive in the open ocean. Compare the methods the marine animals mentioned in the video use to catch prey.
  • Discuss how humans might use similar methods while fishing in the ocean to catch more fish.
Suggested activity
The program highlights how fish travel in schools in the open ocean. Research the migration patterns of a particular fish species. Create a presentation that shows the species' migration pattern.