Sea Soup Zooplankton Teacher Guide


Sea Soup Zooplankton Teacher Guide

A teaspoon of sea water can hold a soupy serving of a million phytoplankton and zooplankton! Invisible to the naked eye, the tiny floating plants called phytoplankton are the source of our atmosphere, our climate, our ocean food chain, much of our oil supply, and more. They’re also food for zooplankton, tiny animals that often look like weird life forms from outer space. What is the fastest animal in the world? Can tiny zooplankton dive as deep as a whale can? Are there zooplankton you don’t want to bump into? How can zooplankton make a submarine disappear? Mary Cerullo’s text answers intriguing questions about these tiny animals, while Bill Curtsinger’s extraordinary photomicroscopy serves up tantalizing images of this “sea soup.” Many of the photos for these books were taken at Maine’s Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Science and the Darling Marine Center, using an Axiophot 2 research microscope donated by Carl Zeiss, Inc. (The companion volume, Sea Soup: Phytoplankton, is out of print.)


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Notable Books for Children, 2000


Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children, 2002
—Children’s Book Council/NSTA


2001 Honor Book
—Society of School Librarians International