Introduction: Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Cut out and laminate Vocabulary Cards for display in the classroom; (2) Obtain a copy of Life in the Oceans by Lucy Baker.
Group Size: Whole Class
Students will be able to:
· Explain pollution and how it poses a threat to ocean life.
· Explain overfishing and how it poses a threat to ocean life.
Materials: Life in the Oceans by Lucy Baker, large white construction paper (1 sheet per student), crayons
1. Display vocabulary card “pollution.” Tell students: Pollution is when substances that are harmful are released into the air, onto the land, or into the water.
2. Ask students: Can anybody think of a time when you have seen pollution? Give students time to share experiences.
3. Read pages 20-23 of Life in the Oceans out loud to students. Discuss the dangers of pollution in the oceans on animal life. Discuss the dangers of overfishing in our oceans.
4. Ask students: Does anybody have any ideas how we can stop overfishing and pollution in our oceans? Make a list of students’ responses on the board.
5. Distribute a piece of white construction paper and crayons to each student. Tell students: You are each going to make a poster that advertises one way to keep our oceans safe. Explain the term advertisement if necessary.
6. Teacher should circulate the room to make sure students understand the task.
Modifications: For students with special needs, provided one-on-one assistance as necessary.
Assessment: Direct students to turn to a classmate and share one thing they learned today.
Benchmark or Standards:
National Science Education Standards
NS.K-4.3 Life Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:
· The characteristics of organisms.
· Organisms and environments.
NS.K-4.4 Earth Science– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:
· Properties of Earth materials.