FINDING NEMO 2009 by flwifnVD

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									           NAME: ________________________                              DUE DATE: ___________


                                             Finding Nemo Project
                          Goal: to create a tri-fold brochure to educate people about a specific animal
                                        species and its relationship with the coral reefs.

                                 Imagine you are an environmentalist who is trying to educate people about
                          the coral reefs and the importance of this environment to many animal species. You
decide to create a brochure to distribute to people in tourist sites. Your brochure needs to be informative,
eye-catching, colorful, and accurate, with images that illustrate the species you are talking about. (Read the
rubric before you start the research so you know what is expected from you)


This is the brochure structure you must follow:




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                                   Finding Nemo Project - Rubric

                                                                          POSSIBLE         POINTS
                                                                           POINTS         RECEIVED
                        VISUAL ASPECT – 40%
Brochure structure follows the guidelines                                     5
Cover page is present along with brief overview of what the brochure is       3
going to explain
Language is appropriate, with no spelling or grammar mistakes                 5
Images are present AND relevant                                               3
Images are credited (source is displayed below the image)                     3
Images have relevant captions present                                         3
Brochure is eye catching, colorful, interesting to read, neat                 8
                               Sub-Total                                     30              /30 =

                             CONTENT – 60%
Popular name is included (common name)                                        2
Scientific name is present and appropriately written                          3
Physical description of the animal is well done                               4
At least three good pictures are present (2 of the animal / 1 of coral)       3
The animal’s habitat is specified and the geographic location where it        3
can be found is mentioned
The animal’s eating habits are included (herbivore? carnivore?                3
omnivore?) and the kinds of food eaten are listed
The type of fertilization is mentioned (internal or external)                 1
Reproductive process is outlined                                              3
Five curious facts about the species are present and relevant                 5
The relationship between the species and the coral reef is explained.         2
The three reasons why coral reefs are important are present and well          3
explained
Five reasons why coral reefs are endangered are present and well              5
explained
At least three sources are present (wikipedia, google and yahoo are not       3
acceptable sources)
The student demonstrate a clear knowledge of what is in the                   5
 brochure and can explain details to others (evaluation day)
                              Sub-Total                                      45              /45 =


     Total: [40% x (visual aspect grade = _____ ) + 60% x (content grade= _____ ) ] x 100 =


                        Final Score: ______________ (MODEL? ___ points)



      IMPORTANT: COPY OF PARAGRAPHS/TEXTS FROM THE INTERNET WILL BE
          PUNISHED WITH A ZERO (EVEN IF ONLY PART OF THE PROJECT).
                     YOU MUST USE YOUR OWN WORDS!!!


    EXTRA-CREDIT: MAKE A MODEL OF YOUR ANIMAL USING CRAFTS = UP TO 5 POINTS



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           NAME: ________________________                              DUE DATE: ___________
Answer all the questions in this packet while watching the movie. This content will be present
in the Ecology Exam. There is a section at the end for class notes.

Movie Overview:
The world’s aquatic regions cover 75% of the earth and are home to many species of animals. There are two
main categories of aquatic biomes; freshwater and ________. A coral reef is an example of a marine biome.

The reef is made up of corals that secrete a hard ___________. Most corals contain algae associated with
them. This is a symbiotic relationship: the coral protects the algae while the algae produces oxygen and
food through __________________.

The setting for the movie Finding Nemo is the Great Barrier Reef and the characters in the movie are based
on the real aquatic life found there. ______________ and _____________ are clownfish which are also
called anemone fish because they live among the tentacles of ______ ______________.

_______________ are protected by the tentacles of the sea anemones and are immune to their poison.
Clownfish fear the open water. This is a symbiotic relationship called ___________________, because
both organisms benefit from it.

Other sea creatures in this drama include three sharks. ___________ is a Great White Shark which is also
known as an Apex predator because it is at the _________ of the food chain and has no natural
______________.
Chum is a Mako shark, the fastest moving shark. Mako sharks can reach over 70 km/h in the open water.
Anchor is a __________________ shark. The flat head of this shark helps it to sense the electrical fields
that are generated by some of its prey.

Other marine life is represented by Crush, Dory and Gill. Crush is a Green ______ __________. These
animals are famous for migrating thousands of miles to find nesting grounds.
Dory, Regal Blue Tang, represents the many tropical fish found in the _________ _________. Gill is a
Moorish Idol, a fish that rarely survives in tanks.

Introduction...

1. Invertebrates are grouped into many Phyla. List a main characteristic of each of the following Phyla:

Porifera: __________________________________________________________________________

Cnidaria: __________________________________________________________________________

Platyhelmints: ______________________________________________________________________

Annelida: _________________________________________________________________________

Arthropods: _______________________________________________________________________

Echinoderms: ______________________________________________________________________



2. In what type of ecosystem do Marlin and Coral live? What is their habitat? ______________________

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3. Nemo’s father says to Coral in the beginning of the movie the sentence: “a fish can breathe out here”.

How do fish breathe? What is the difference between a fish and a mammal’s respiratory system?

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4. Coral tells Marlin “There's over 400 eggs. Odds are, one of them is bound to like you”. Why do some

animals (like the clownfish) produce so many eggs? What is the difference between a fish and a mammal

when it comes to number of offspring? ___________________________________________________

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5. Recall the part of the movie when Marlin and Nemo’s mother talk about their eggs. Based on this

information, what kind of fertilization do they have? _________________________________________

6. What kind of symbiotic relationship is shown between the fish eggs and the barracuda? _____________

7. What type of relationship is present between the clown fish and the anemone? ____________________

8. Nemo has a “lucky fin”. What could have caused it? Why is his dad worried about his lucky fin?

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9. Marlin asks Nemo if he wants the anemone to sting him. He says no. Marlin tells Nemo then to brush

against it. What is the purpose for this behavior?

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Going to school...
10. Sheldon says he is “H2O intolerant”? Is this possible? Why? _________________________________

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11. What type of animal is Nemo’s teacher? What vertebrate class does it belong to?

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12. Nemo’s teacher sings a song that says “Oh, seaweed is cool. Seaweed is fun. It makes its food with the

rays of the Sun”. What process is he talking about? What other living things are able to do this? How does it

work? ____________________________________________________________________________

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13. What is the importance of this process? ________________________________________________

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14. Why does the octopus, Pearl, squirt out ink? What is the importance of this reaction? ______________

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Meeting the sharks...
15. The sharks have a meeting in which they are supposed to bring a “fish friend”. Why is it so hard for

them? Are sharks and other fish “friends”? Why? ___________________________________________

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16. During this meeting, Dory said “I don't think I've ever eaten a fish”. What can you infer about her diet?

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17. Why are sharks considered top-level predators? __________________________________________

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In the fish tank...
18. What kind of organisms are present in the fish tank? ______________________________________

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19. Jacques is a cleaner shrimp. Gurgle asks Jacques to decontaminate Nemo when he arrives in the tank.

What do you infer about Jacques’ diet from this request? _____________________________________

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Deep in the ocean...
20. Why does the lantern fish have a weird appearance? What is the purpose of its “fishing rod”? ________

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21. Explain why jelly fish are harmful. ____________________________________________________

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22. The jellyfish is related to another animal in the movie. Which one? What do they have in common? ____

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23. The East Australian Current (EAC) is an ocean current that moves warm water in a counter clock-wise

fashion down the east coast of Australia. What is the importance of the current to some marine animals like

the sea turtles? ____________________________________________________________________

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24. Crush explains the sea turtle’s reproduction to Marlin. How is this process different from the

clownfish’s process? _________________________________________________________________

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25. Dory says whales don’t eat clownfish, they eat krill. Is it true for all whales? What kind of adaptations a

whale needs to have to eat krill? ________________________________________________________

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26. Why doesn’t Marlin believe Nigel when he says “Hop inside my mouth if you want to live”? What can you

infer about the pelican’s diet? What about the seagulls? And the crabs? ___________________________

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Final Evaluation...


27. Identify the following organisms from the movie:

Producer: _______________________________________________________

Herbivores: ______________________________________________________

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Carnivores: ______________________________________________________

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28. Illustrate a food chain from the movie Finding Nemo using arrows to show the
direction of material and energy flow. Identify producers, primary consumer,
secondary consumer, and decomposer.
    Example:           Grass          Grasshopper            Bird          Bobcat

Answer inside the box                       Bacteria




a) Identify a carnivore from the food chain: ___________________________

b) Explain where the energy that flows in this food chain comes from and how it is transferred from one

animal to the next.

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c) Explain why decomposers are necessary in this food web.

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29. List 5 adaptations predators must have to be successful. Use examples from the movie.

a. ____________________________________________________________

b. ____________________________________________________________

c. ____________________________________________________________

d. ____________________________________________________________

e. ____________________________________________________________

30. Why do you think the clownfish doesn’t like to leave its habitat? _____________________________

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31. Nemo’s stripes help him survive in the wild. Give two examples from the movie showing how an animal’s

coloration helps it survive in the wild. _____________________________________________________

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                       32. Abiotic factors are the physical and chemical factors in the environment on which

                       life depends. List five abiotic factors from the movie.

                       a. __________________________________

                       b. __________________________________

                       c. __________________________________

                       d. __________________________________

                       e. __________________________________



33. Name three populations on the coral reef. ______________________________________________

34. How does man impact the marine environment? ___________________________________________

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35. How do you know Jacques is classified as an Arthropod? ___________________________________

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36. Could Nemo really survive in tap water? Why? ___________________________________________

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37. The seagulls and pelicans have what type of egg production: internal or external? How do you know?

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38. What happens when a sea star loses an appendage? _______________________________________

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39. Some of the animals from the movie are endothermic, which means that they maintain their body

temperature stable. Other animals cannot control their body temperature. They are called ectothermic. Give

examples from the movie of both kinds of animals.

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40. There are five classes of vertebrates: Fish, Amphibia, Reptilia, Birds, and Mammalia. Choose animals

shown in the movie to include in each one of these categories.

Fish: _____________________________________________________________________________

Amphibia: _________________________________________________________________________

Reptilia: __________________________________________________________________________

Birds: ____________________________________________________________________________

Mammalia: ________________________________________________________________________



41. List some of the reasons why the birds can fly. ___________________________________________

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42. Body symmetry can be determined when you divide the body along a line or plane. If the two halves are

similar, we say the animal’s body is symmetric. Animals with bilateral symmetry have one line that divides

them into two mirror images. Animals with radial symmetry have body parts arranged around a central point.

Some animals do not have a line of symmetry. They are called asymmetric. Give an example of an animal from

the film that display each type of body symmetry:

None: _____________________________________

Radial: _____________________________________

Bilateral: _____________________________________




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