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Invertebrates

Believe it or not, there are more invertebrate animals on the planet, both in number and in number of species, than there are animals with a backbone! Introduce your students to some of the unique invertebrates that live in the sea with these Explorer Series. Each one includes a short, narrated video, interesting facts about the animal, and a set of discussion questions to help reveal students’ prior knowledge and get them talking about the content. Introduce these videos in your lessons about living and nonliving things, animals, biodiversity, biology, taxonomy or as an opportunity to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of marine and terrestrial invertebrates. These Explorer Series can also provide the motivation your students need to enhance their writing skills as they create their own rich narratives about life as a particular invertebrate in the great big ocean.

Sea Stars

Radial symmetry at its finest!

Sea Stars

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Learn more about sea stars, basket stars, sea lilies, and brittle stars in this brief learning experience that includes a narrated video, images, facts, and discussion questions.

Sea Anemones

Gently wave in the current, but watch out!

Sea Anemones

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Equipped with stinging cells these sedentary creatures pack a wallop! Learn more about sea anemones in this short collection that includes a narrated video, compelling facts, and discussion questions.

Cnidarians

Caution. Do not touch.

Cnidarians

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Equipped with stinging cells, these jelly-filled animals are prepared. Find out more in this engaging snippet complete with narrated video, images, interesting facts, and a set of discussion questions.

Echinoderm

More than just sea stars!

Echinoderm

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Learn more about these “spiny-skinned” invertebrates that inhabit the ocean floor in this short series complete with a narrated video, fun facts, and a selection of inquiry questions.

Nudibranchs

Colorful seagoing slugs!

Nudibranchs

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These shell-less mollusks have found a unique way to protect themselves, find out how in this brief learning experience that includes a narrated video, images, facts and discussion questions.

Cuttlefish

Now you see them, now you don’t.

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Equipped with both arms and tentacles, cuttlefish are voracious predators able to hide in plain sight with perfectly adapted feats of camouflage. Learn more about cuttlefish in this brief, engaging snippet complete with narrated video, fun facts, and a selection of discussion questions

Octopus

Masters of disguise and escape.

Octopus

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Discover octopus, one of the most intelligent invertebrate animals under the sea, in this short collection that includes a narrated video, interesting facts, and discussion questions.

Crabs

Why do crabs walk sideways?

Crabs

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Imagine having the ability to look both in-front of you and behind you, at the same time. Crabs do it daily. Find out how these unique invertebrates thrive above and below the waves in this engaging snippet complete with narrated video, fun facts, and a selection of discussion questions.

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