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Elementary [1st-5th] Lesson Plan

Bioluminescent sea creatures!

Created on November 30, 2022 by lightARTed

Students learn about the angler fish, a strange, deep sea bioluminescent fish. Students pretend they are deep sea explorers and discover a new bioluminescent fish. Using glow in the dark materials they create their sea animals.

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Students understand the similarities and differences between bioluminescence and fluorescence.

Students design and paint a bioluminescent sea creature.

Students demonstrate the ability to use materials safely and correctly.

Paper, acrylic fluorescent paint, brushes, chalk, fluorescent oil pastels

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1. Show time lapse video of bioluminescent animals and the anglerfish.
Practice drawing an anglerfish.
2. Tell students that they are deep sea divers in a submersible exploring parts of the ocean no one has ever been to before. They discover a bioluminescent deep sea creature that has never been seen before either!! What does it look like? How big is it? How does it glow? What does it eat? Etc… student may also come up with a name for it and a story.
3. Go over ocean animal body parts, what would a deep sea creature need to have on its body to survive the deep, dark, depths of the ocean?
4. Sketch out their ideas for their fish.
5. Use fluorescent acrylic paint to add color.

Line, Movement, Color/Value, Emphasis