Imaginary Ocean Creature Project

IMAGINARY OCEAN CREATURE PROJECT

OWEN MIDDLE SCHOOL
GRADE 8
MRS. FOWLER AND MR. AIKEN

Using the information you have learned about the  ocean  and  ocean  life,  create  a  2-D  imaginary  ocean  creature  (if  you want to construct a 3-D model you are more than welcome to, however it will not go towards extra points or “extra credit.”)  that lives in your assigned ocean life zone and ecosystem. This creature MUST be completely made up and must not and have never existed. You are empowered to use your imagination.

You will draw a picture of this creature on a white or near white sheet of PAPER or WHITE POSTERBOARD. The artwork should be no more than (MAXIMUM) 22” wide and 14” tall and no smaller than (MINIMUM) 14” wide and 8” tall. Give your creature a descriptive, fun name.

Attach the answers to the following questions to the back of your project. Please use complete sentences and be as detailed as you can. No answer should be a one or two-word answer.

  1. Describe and name the ecosystem and ocean zone your creature lives in. Include:
    1. the normal temperature range (in degrees Celsius),
    2. what light zone they are in (if living in the ocean),
    3. if you creature lives in or underwater,
    4. what is the pressure of his environment,
    5. include a description of the salinity and the density of the water as compared to other parts of the ocean.
  2. List and fully describe 3 adaptations your creature has in order to survive in the ecosystem and ocean zone Be sure to describe why these adaptations are beneficial. For example, creatures in the deep ocean do not have hard skeletons because these would be crushed in a high-pressure environment.
  3. What are the some of the reproductive strategies your creature uses in order to find a mate and successfully raise offspring? Does your creature have a special call, does it have a special swim, or does it do tricks in the ocean to attract a mate? For example, peacocks fan out their feathers to attract mates. Cichlids protect their young by gathering them in their mouth as not eaten by other fish. Be very descriptive and imaginative but within the appropriate limits for a scholarly work.
  4. Describe how your creature obtains energy from food. How does your creature eat? What is the diet like? What kind of prey does it hunt? Or does it make its own food?
  5. Who/what eats your creature?  How does your creature avoid predation?  Are there any special adaptations to warn predators not to eat them? How does your creature defend itself when threatened?

Make your poster creative and colorful!  Use the knowledge you have gained about the ocean and ocean life. Make sure the characteristics of your creature are consistent with what you have learned! Have fun!

 

CHECKPOINTS AND DUE DATES

CHECKPOINT 1: NOVEMBER 15, 2021

You will be required to list the characteristics of your assigned ecosystem included in the questions above. Also, what types of adaptations are you thinking about that would be beneficial to your creature in his ecosystem.

CHECKPOINT 2: NOVEMBER 29, 2021

A rough draft of the required questions is due for review. Please note I will not be GRADING papers but will be assisting students if there are any MAJOR mistakes or omissions. If is the student’s responsibility to go though it with a fine-toothed comb and make sure the information is accurate before the final project is due.

PROJECTS ARE DUE ON:  DECEMBER 10, 2021 BY 2:45 P.M. 

25 POINT DEDUCTION FOR ANY PROJECT TURNED IN BETWEEN 2:45:01 PM ON DECEMBER 10 THROUGH 2:45 PM ON DECEMBER 13, 2021.

50 POINT DEDUCTION FOR ANY PROJECT TURNED IN AFTER 2:45:01 P.M. ON DECEMBER 13.

There is NO extra credit for turning in the project early. Projects will not be accepted electronically.