Seafood and Human Health

This Seafood and Human Health lesson plan also includes:

Whether your young biologists realize it or not, humans play a significant role in marine ecosystems. To help them understand this fact children first create graphical representations that show homo sapiens' place in marine food chains, before being introduced to the concept of bioaccumulation and the potential hazards of eating seafood. As a demonstration of their learning students work in groups researching and presenting about the benefits and risks associated with different types of seafood.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • During the gallery walk of your class's food chain diagrams, have students leave comments or questions about each other's work using sticky notes
  • Have pupils create a PowerPoint slide show or some other visual aid to support their seafood presentations
Classroom Considerations

  • Intended to extend over two 45-minute sessions, this lesson can be easily adjusted depending the amount of time you want students to spend researching seafood
  • The lesson focuses specifically on foods common to Hawaii, but it can be easily adapted to teach about any types of seafood
Pros

  • A worksheet is included that supports students with researching different varieties of seafood
  • Engages students with a hands-on simulation demonstrating the process of bioaccumulation
  • Links to additional marine ecosystem resources are included with the lesson
Cons

  • None