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Learners discuss prior knowledge about marine mammals and then endangered marine mammals. They focus on reasons for the endangered status. Students are introduced to different methods of marine mammal monitoring. Learners consider ways such efforts can help in marine conservation efforts.
Students investigate how mammals maintain a fairly constant body temperature under various conditions by engaging in an animal classification activity. They experiment with Crisco in gloved hands and icy water to understand the characteristics of blubber and how it helps maintain body temperature.
How many of us can say they've seen a Pacific walrus? Not many and one of the reasons is the impact of climate change on their aquatic environment. Children get to think about the food web of the Bering Sea by creating an actual web with animal cards and a ball of yarn, after they see how all animals and plants of the sea environment are connected, they discuss what would happen if one or more of the animals were to become extinct. The web would start to break down and all animals would be affected. They research ways to protect a declining walrus population.
Learners analyze the the similarities of their own daily schedule, processes and procedures and those used at work. They research the career of marine mammal rescue and email questions to a career expert. They construct a display and report to the class on the similarities discovered.
Although the lesson plan was written for learners about to visit an aquarium, there is plenty of valuable material here, even without access to the specified exhibit. Advanced biology or environmental science learners are introduced to convergent and divergent evolution concepts and compare the homologous or analogous structures of otters, seals, and sea lions. You could use pictures from the Internet in place of going to the actual exhibit animals.
Students view a video about the humpback whale and why it is endangered. In this endangered species lesson plan, students recognize the importance of observing and following an endangered species in an ecosystem. Students identify the animals of the ecosystem and answer questions about the video.
Students explore whales. In this animal adaptation and whale instructional activity, students access prior knowledge about whales from previous lessons, then use background knowledge to predict the eating strategies of a baleen whale and a toothed whale. Students mimic the feeding methods of these whales using chopsticks, tongs, and other kitchen utensils as mouths and teeth, removing small items representing food from a bowl of water. Students discuss the efficiency and results of the experience.
Common marine mammals are found in this word search. Mammals include; sea lion, bottlenose dolphin, white-sided dolphin and more. The extremely colorful and accurate drawings of each of the animals make this more than just your average word search. An answer key is included.