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The topic is symbiotic relationships, and in this case, we get to look at the relationship between the sea anemone and the hermit crab. They review log entries from a Northwestern Hawaiian Island expedition which occurred in 2002, paying close attention to the observations about hermit crabs and anemones. They discuss symbiosis and how two organisms can mutually benefit from living in close proximity. To assess student understanding the class prepares a role-play to summarize what they've learned.
Learners compare and contrast places around the world. Students analyze the effects of human activity on the physical environment and devise plans to address the consequences. Learners also focus on geographical topics such as formation of the Hawaiian islands, natural resources, and ecosystems.
Middle schoolers discuss how plate tectonics and volcanic activity have affected Hawaii. In this Hawaiian instructional activity, students look at maps and photographs of Hawaiian Islands and discuss their formation through multiple volcanic eruptions. They research hot spots and two marine protected areas in Hawaii.
Students explore the biodiversity of the national marine sanctuaries. In this science lesson, students view a video about Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Students work together to explore the types of wildlife in the sanctuary, the threats it faces and the importance of the ecosystem.
The Hawaiian monk seal's population is declining, and it's up to humans to help them out; But how? Learners examine all the facts surrounding these seals, including the importance of the coral reefs and rapidly changing climates. In small groups, they research several reference websites to compose a group paper focused on a few prompts. They use their paper to engage in a class discussion on commercial and global impact on deep-sea, precious coral, and monk seal habitats.
There is a whole world to explore when you are submerged under the Hawaiian sea. Learners in grades five through eight explore Hawaiian volcanoes, the coral reefs, submarine technologies, and the deep sea habitats. They use a bathymetric data sheet to discuss how maps are made and modeled. Then, they construct three-dimensional models of the Loihi Volcano and use their models to write detailed descriptions and map the area. This leads into a discussion of how underwater or deep-sea habitats are mapped around the globe.
Students explore U.S. geography by participating in a virtual island tour on their computers. In this Hawaiian islands lesson plan, students utilize the Internet to view images, photographs and videos of each Hawaiian island. Students participate in a family vacation role-play activity and decide which island best suits their family interests.
A passage from Mark Twain’s Roughing It, in which he describes an incident that occurred during his visit to the Hawaiian Islands, is used as the basis of a reading comprehension quiz. Pupils must read carefully and access the provided links to answer the quiz questions.
Students study data. In this seal research lesson plan, students act as scientific researchers observing Monk seals in their habitat. They work in small groups to record data from a video and when through they share a piece of information with the class. This lesson plan includes resource links and a data worksheet.
Students read a story. In this Hawaiian culture lesson plan, students read a story and sequence the main ideas of the story. Students complete a story map and discuss the background of the story, the geographical location of Hawaii and the Hawaiian culture. Students complete a scavenger hunt on endangered animals of Hawaii and make a pop up book.