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Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals Activity 2: The Odd Couple
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.
5th - 6th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Northwest Hawaiian Islands
Students 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. Students also focus on geographical topics such as formation of the Hawaiian islands, natural resources, and ecosystems.
4th - 6th Science
Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals Activity 3: Seals, Corals and Dollars
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.
5th - 8th Science CCSS: Adaptable
Impact of Climate Change on Hawaiian Monk Seals Activity 1: Mapping Deep-Sea 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.
5th - 8th Science
Hawaiian Hot Spots
Students discuss how plate tectonics and volcanic activity have affected Hawaii. In this Hawaiian lesson, 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.
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Reading Comprehension Quiz: Mark Twain's Roughing It
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.
11th English Language Arts
Welcome! With a Hawaiian Lei
Students explore Hawaiian customs and tropical flowers used to make leis. They adapt one colorful Hawaiian tradition to their classroom or school. Students create colorful paper leis with which to welcome classroom guests. They are told that when Hawaiians plan a family get together, they make a lei for everyone.
1st - 6th Science
Pupils 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. Pupils work together to explore the types of wildlife in the sanctuary, the threats it faces and the importance of the ecosystem.
6th - 8th Science
A Monument for Marine Conservation
Students explore the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands to discover what's there and pick up clues as to how people have both harmed and helped the native habitats. They study another protected area and see how to balance conservation efforts with human use.
7th - 10th Science
Experience the Hawaiian Islands
Students explore U.S. geography by participating in a virtual island tour on their computers. In this Hawaiian islands lesson, 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.
3rd - 4th Visual & Performing Arts
Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston's Farewell to Manzanar
Passages from Unbroken and Farewell to Manzanar provide the context for a study of the historical themes of experiencing war, resilience during war, and understanding the lasting trauma of war. Appendices include extension activities, Roosevelt’s December 8, 1941 speech, primary source accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a San Francisco Chronicle article on post-war trauma, and graphic organizers for a culminating essay.
7th - 9th English Language Arts CCSS: Designed