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Marine Animal Tracking
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.
Feeding Habits of Marine Animals
Students distinguish between various plants and animals using pictures of the different organisms and explore the feeding habits of marine animals. They engage in a hands-on activity demonstrating various feeding habits of the mammals.
Marine Animal Life Cycles
Students study the life cycle of a crab and the larval stages of marine animals. In this marine animals lesson, 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.
Under the Sea
Young scholars explore the sea. In this sea lesson plan, 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.
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.
Exploring Marine Animals and Their Habitat
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.
Venomous Marine Animals
Pupils 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.
Specialized for the Sea
Students use pictures and make a mural to investigate how ocean animals are adapted to certain parts of their environment.
Taking Care Of Our Oceans
Students consider why so many people live near the coast and explore the impacts of this trend on ocean animals. They make posters to educate coastal residents and visitors about human impacts on marine life.
Under the Sea
Students use facts and imagination to invent imaginary deep sea creatures. They create a classroom museum exhibit on real organisms from the abyss and write creative stories about these animals. In addition, they write a story to explain the adaptations of an ocean animal.
Under The Sea
In this resource lesson, students 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. Students then categorize ocean animals according to their characteristics.
Marine Animal Life Cycles
Fourth graders identify the life cycle of a crab and other marine animals. In this marine life lesson, 4th graders complete a crab puppet activity, explore crab moulting, research the life cycle stages of a crab, and identify crab varieties.
SeaWorld: Education, Entertainment, or Exploitation?
Students 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, students write to SeaWorld, either questioning or commending its animal collection policy.
Marine Life Metamorphosis
Young scholars study marine life by role playing animal interactions. For this marine animal lesson students create a diorama on animal behavior.
The Game of Life
Students describe what it means for a marine animal or fish to be threatened or endangered after playing game simulating extinction.
The Game of Life
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.
Ocean Life Mural
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 The Zone
Third graders identify ways that ocean animals grow, survive, reproduce, and adapt. They use computer Internet skills to acces and collect information. They create a PowerPoint presentation. They demonstrate writing skills throughthe creation of a poster report.
Ocean Animals - Fill in the Missing Vowels
Students look at 8 pictures of ocean animals and fill in the missing vowel for each ocean animal. This instructional activity is a very goo way for young learners to practice their vowel sounds and spelling rules.
Ocean Animals- Same Worksheet
In this picture matching worksheet, students look at the picture of the first ocean animal in each row. Students circle the picture that is the same from two choices. There are 3 questions on the page.