Hawaiian Islands Teacher Resources
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Young scholars 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. Young scholars also focus on geographical topics such as formation of the Hawaiian islands, natural resources, and ecosystems.
Seventh graders identify the types of plants and animals on the Hawaiian Islands. They research information on sanctuaries. They analyze data on fish and fish resources in the area. They write a letter to the President explaining their plan.
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.
Young scholars 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 parts of the Hawaiian Islands to get a examine the exotic invasion, and see what challenges the natives face in reclaiming their territory. They identify the changes in the environment that have been the hardest on the native animals.
Young scholars explain the processes of plate tectonics and volcanism that resulted in the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. They describe, compare, and contrast S waves and P waves. They explain how
Students explore the Hawaiian Islands. In this social studies instructional activity, students research the islands that make up the Hawaiian Island Chain and create a dream vacation.
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.
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.
Students engage in a instructional activity about the a proposal for a sanctuary in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. They write a letter to the President of The United States in opposition to the proposal based upon classroom activities and research.
Students research the evolution of a volcanic island from origin to erosion. They determine the relative ages of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands given their position in the archipelago.
Students explore U.S. geography by participating in a virtual island tour on their computers. For 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.
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.
Young scholars discuss the concept of competition in nature and investigate the competition between the gray seals and harbor seals of Sable Island along with the role of sharks in this ecosystem. They illustrate maps and write prognosis paragraphs.
Students study data. In this seal research lesson, 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 includes resource links and a data worksheet.
In this Hawaii state history activity, 4th graders read three pages of state history then complete 10 true and false questions.
High schoolers create a two-dimensional contour map from actual bathymetric survey data. They create a three-dimensional model of the landform on the underwater contour map they created.
Students research separate elements of the theory of Plate Tectonics, then share that information with each other, drawing conclusions from the culminated information.
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.