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Middle schoolers engage in a lesson which serves as an introduction to the ideas and implications of animal tracking. They monitor animal foraging behavior on a spatial scale. The students break into groups and track each other's movements as they move through a pre-determined course. Middle schoolers also engage in a creative design activity, focusing on how they would design a tag for a marine animal of their choice.
Students study the life cycle of a crab and the larval stages of marine animals. In this marine animals activity, students watch a puppet introduction to a crab's life cycle. Students learn about crab moulting and their life cycle stages. Students view pictures of the stages and learn the varieties of crabs. As extension, students may study crabs in various learning stations.
Young scholars explore the sea. In this sea lesson, students fill out KWL charts and read non-fiction books about the sea. Young scholars find and use the table of contents, index, and glossary. Students sort ocean animals into different categories according to their ecosystem.
Students investigate marine animals. In this marine animals instructional activity, students research marine mammals and fish. Students log on to Second Life and explore the habitats of marine animals. Working individually, students produce diagrams of marine mammals and fish.
Bycatch is a sad reality for many sea turtles, dolphins, and sharks; it occurs when they get unintentionally caught in commercial fishing nets. The class plays a game using popcorn and crackers, each child will attempt to catch the target "fish" without snagging the endangered sea creatures. The game leads into a discussion on what sustainable fishing practices are, and why they are so important. Tip: This short lesson and activity could be a great way to introduce the issue of bycatch, ocean sustainability, and why some ocean animals have become extinct.
Students name and describe six venomous marine animals. After participating in an activity, they define new vocabulary words. In groups, they complete worksheets to use while researching a specific venomous animal of their choice. They present their findings to the class.
Young scholars complete activities to learn about ocean animals. For this ocean animals lesson, students view a PowerPoint about ocean animals and create ocean animal journals. Young scholars study animal habitats, write acrostic poems, and create a mural for the lesson.
How many oceans can you name? First, have learners try to name as many oceans as they can, and then have them locate and identify the oceans on a world map. They create a recognizable ocean animal using poster board and tissue paper. They create a large ocean mural of underwater mountains and plants. To integrate writing in the plan, they write a poem using sensory details about their ocean animal and write a comprehensive report.
In this resource lesson, learners use non-fiction books to research ocean animals. Students discover the many features of non-fiction books and how to use these features to help them conduct research. Learners then categorize ocean animals according to their characteristics.
Young scholars explore the concept of bioluminescence. They hypothesize what it might be like in the deep ocean and describe what it's like to see in the dark. Students brainstorm how marine animals might cope in the dark ocean and view pictures of bioluminescent animals. They create a collage or write a story showing what it might be like to dive into the deep ocean and view bioluminescent animals.
Learners discuss SeaWorld, research marine animal biology, investigate one animal currently collected by SeaWorld, and decide whether they oppose or support SeaWorld's collection policy. Students then gather information relating to their position and create presentations in form of posters, Powerpoint presentations, skits, or debates. Finally, learners write to SeaWorld, either questioning or commending its animal collection policy.
Students explore the game of life which refers to what happens to a species when most of the population is gone. In this endangered species lesson, students describe what it means for a marine animal to be endangered. Students then research the various of factors which cause a threat to endangered marine species. Students will write a a letter to an adult about what it means to be endangered.