Actvity Summary: Dive into the ocean realm to see how observations and questions can lead to the testing of scientific ideas!

Present students with this data set of microbial phyla from the deep biosphere and guide them to identify patterns then form and test multiple hypotheses about the questions they generate.  Then they reflect on the elements of “doing science” they experienced and use the Science Flow Chart to document the process they engaged in and share what they would do next.

This activity is part of the Understanding Science iTunes University {} course developed with California Academy of Sciences ( and University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology NGSS: science practices Biology - diversity