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

 

Learning Objectives:

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

 

Procedure:

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.

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