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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 use the internet to complete a species scavenger hunt. In groups, they answer questions given to them about sea lions, rockfish and killer whales. As a class, they identify any questions they have and discuss the role government should have in protecting species.
Students identify and analyze the various roles organisms play in food webs, populations, communities and ecosystems. Students assess the requirements for sustaining healthy local ecosystems. STudents evaluate human impacts on local ecosystems. Students plan appropriate procedures to test hypotheses.
Students compare the breathing pattern of different animals. In this pinniped lesson plan, students examine the breathing pattern of California sea lions and northern elephant seals. They collect, compare and analyze data concerning their breathing patterns and heart rates. Afterward, students explore their own breathing patterns.
Fourth graders collect data about the habitats of pinniped adaptations using digital probes. They determine how pinnipeds make adaptations to their natural environment by completing an experiment to determine how human and pinniped bodies conserve heat. They use a digital probe.
Fifth graders examine plants and animals in two ecosystems and compare them. In this ecosystem survival lesson, 5th graders compare and contrast a coral reef and kelp forest ecosystem. Students investigate the abiotic and biotic factors of the ecosystems. Students complete related worksheets for the topic.
Students visit Conservation in Action web site to watch three video interviews with Vancouver Aquarium researchers, complete Careers in Conservation worksheet, research threats facing species featured on Conservation web site, and create campaign to protect killer whales, Steller sea lions, or rockfish in Pacific Canada.
Digital pictures from a field trip to the zoo launch a research unit for 3rd through 6th graders. Over 6 weeks, your young researchers develop skills at locating information from various resources -- with keyword searches, in magazines and books. They conduct research, take notes, compile bibliographies, and create a book to present their knowledge. Instead of lectures as listed, I'd prepare hands-on activities to get them moving in the library and on the internet.