Glow in the Dark: Bioluminescence in the Animal and Human World

Elizabeth Kerr, 1st Grade, Bain Elementary

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


This unit will begin an exploration of animals and the adaptations they use to survive, specifically bioluminescence. Students will learn about animals that use bioluminescence and how it is used (communication, aposematism, counter-illumination, aggressive mimicry). Students will begin by studying various types of animals that employ bioluminescence. They will analyze the purpose of bioluminescence in each animal in their environment. The class will then learn about the concept of biomimicry. Students will then use light to create a device for communication across a distance inspired from nature.