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Kelp Forest Game and eBook
These apps engage students in learning about the kelp forest ecosystem and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s exhibit. Pair them with our Teacher's Digital Resource Guide (PDF) for tips on navigating the apps, discussion and writing prompts, and suggestions for related science activities.
The two, free, digital resources provided allow students to explore and learn more about this fascinating ecosystem. The game, My Aquarium, was designed to mirror the progression of the crosscutting concept Systems and System Models from the Next Generation Science Standards. The levels begin by identifying the biotic and abiotic components of the system before exploring the interactions of those components. In A Young Explorer’s Guide, students can read more about the components and interactions and also explore the functions of the kelp forest ecosystem and how they can help keep it healthy. Focusing students on conservation actions that they can independently enact is a powerful way to support students’ development of agency and confidence that they can make a positive difference for the health of the ocean.