Conserving Canada's Marine Biodiversity

This Conserving Canada's Marine Biodiversity unit also includes:

The ocean may seem a world away, but you can actually find it in a science classroom! Learners in the lower grade levels explore the concepts of water pollution, apex predators, the worth of animals, and commercial fishing methods. High schoolers explore establishing a sustainable fishery and how increasing levels of carbon dioxide are changing the pH of sea levels. Part two in a series of eight.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Before beginning, spend half the day or more exploring Canada's ecosystems and terrain to build learners' baseline knowledge
  • After the activities, explore the biodiversity of other countries' oceans
Classroom Considerations

  • Allow approximately seven days to complete the four lessons intended for the lower grades; and roughly two full days of instruction and 10 minutes a day for five more days thereafter for high schoolers
  • High school activities require dry ice and scientific equipment
  • This is the second lesson in a series of eight
Pros

  • All activities include extension ideas, data sheets, and background information
  • Includes a glossary to highlight important vocabulary
  • Contains clear, simple step-by-step instructions
Cons

  • None
Common Core