Lesson 1

"Introduction to the Gulf of Maine: New England's Own Ocean"

 

Objectives:

 

Connections to Standards:

Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Science and Technology

Earth and Space Science Strand (Grades 6-8): Mapping the Earth

Reading and Literature

Nonfiction (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 13.2, 13.3

Understanding a Text (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 8.15, 8.18, 8.22

Materials:

(Please note: A large printed poster of a watershed map of the Gulf of Maine, which would be a great visual for the unit, can be obtained by visiting http://www.gulfofmaine.org/council/contact/ and contacting the Council representative in your jurisdiction.)

Prior knowledge: Assess prior knowledge by asking the following:

 

Procedure:

 

Assessment:

Informal: Observations during discussions, group work.

Formal: Worksheet 1-A.


 

Lesson 2

"Plankton"

Objectives:

 

Connections to Standards:

Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Science and Technology

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 3-5): Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 6-8): Living Things and Their Environment

Reading and Literature

Nonfiction (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 13.2, 13.3

Understanding a Text (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 8.15, 8.18, 8.22

Materials:

Procedure:

Write student ideas and thoughts about what they have read on the board or overhead.

Assessment:

Informal: Group discussion.


 

Lesson 3

"Fish in the Gulf of Maine"

Objectives:

 

Connections to Standards:

Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Science and Technology

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 3-5): Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 6-8): Living Things and Their Environment

Reading and Literature

Nonfiction (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 13.2, 13.3

Understanding a Text (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 8.15, 8.18, 8.22

Materials:

Procedure:

Assessment:

Formal: Worksheet 3-A


Lesson 4

"Lobsters"

Objectives:

 

Connections to Standards:

Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Science and Technology

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 3-5): Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 6-8): Living Things and Their Environment

Reading and Literature

Nonfiction (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 13.2, 13.3

Understanding a Text (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 8.15, 8.18, 8.22

Materials:

Procedure:

Assessment:

Informal: Group discussion.

Formal: Worksheet

 


Lesson 5

"Mammals in the Gulf of Maine"

 

Objectives:

Please note: This lesson can be greatly expanded upon to take up several days or weeks and can be an introduction for a unit on Marine Mammals. Many curriculum resources can be found at http://whale.wheelock.edu/whalenet-stuff/curriculum.html#cdrom to take this lesson into greater depth and detail.

Connections to Standards:

Massachusetts State Curriculum Frameworks

Science and Technology

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 3-5): Characteristics of Plants and Animals

Life Science/Biology Strand (Grades 6-8): Living Things and Their Environment

Reading and Literature

Nonfiction (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 13.2, 13.3

Understanding a Text (Grades 3-4, 5-6): 8.15, 8.18, 8.22

Language

Oral Presentation (Grades 3-4): 3.4, 3.5

Materials:

Procedure:

Assessment:

Informal: Observations during group work, presentations.

Formal: Presentation.


Final Project/Assessment

"Teaching Others About the Gulf of Maine"

 

Objectives:

Materials:

Procedure:

Assessment:

Formal: Final poster.


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