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Below is a table with lesson plans developed by Marine Discovery students at the University of Arizona. The lessons are in varying degrees of completion. For many of the students, this was their first attempt to create a lesson plan. The "Rank" column is a quick assessment by the course director, Dr. Katrina Mangin, to help identify how far along each lessons is in the development process. Please fell free to test and/or alter any of the lessons below.

If you have tried any of the lessons below, we would greatly appreciate it if you could take a minute and fill out a brief teacher evaluation form. Thank you.

Title
Date created
Rank
Fish Diversity Inquiry
Spring 2001
 
Awesome Osmosis
Spring 2001
 
Hurricanes
Spring 2001
 
Feeding Habits of Marine Animals
Spring 2001
 
Human Disturbance of the Marine Environment
Spring 2001
 
Thermoregulation of Marine Mammals
Spring 2001
 
Marine Mammals: Just Like Us
Spring 2001
 
The Cool Communication of Cephalopods
Fall 2000
 
Biology and Conservation of Sea Turtles
Fall 2000
 
The Great Plankton Race
Fall 2000
 
Marine Birds
Fall 2000
 
The Plankton Project
Fall 2000
 
Deep Sea Fish
Fall 2000
 
A Whale of a Tail!
Spring 2000
Almost ready

Comments

echolocation activity needs expansion and clarification
Amazing Whales
Spring 2000
Needs work

Comments

whale construction too time consuming for benefits and dangerous if kids trapped inside, echolocation activity needs expansion
Challenges of the Deep-Sea
Spring 2000
Almost ready

Comments

more explanation needed on activity 4

Crocodiles:
A Three Day Lesson Plan

Spring 2000
Almost ready

Comments

needs to be fit into a larger context, evolution part misleading - cannot evolve fast enough to adapt to human disturbance
Eat 'em and weep:
Problems involving commercial fishing
Spring 2000
Needs work

Comments

needs more substance and to show the positive side of fishing
Learning the Zones of the ocean using an oil spill.
Spring 2000
Classroom ready

Comments

ready to be tested
Oil, Oil, Everywhere
Spring 2000
Classroom ready

Comments

ready to be tested
Pond Science
Spring 2000
Almost ready

Comments

shorten and re-format
Shark Encounter
Spring 2000
Needs work

Comments

shorten & clarify
Where do I belong?
Spring 2000
Classroom ready
Comments
ready to be tested
Marine reptiles
Fall 1999
Needs work
Comments
better for high school or upper middle school. Live animal part okay for grades 3-5. Background info needs organization and editing.
Light in the Dark: A study on bioluminescence
Fall 1999
Almost ready
Comments
Needs more engagement activity and discussion at the beginning. Would benefit by a link to the broader theme of animal communication and bioluminescence as a form common in sea. Improve ending to illustrate what was learned and to reenforce learning. Video information missing.
Oh where oh where have all these fish gone?
Fall 1999
Classroom ready
Comments
Good. Needs to specify grade level
The Use of Color amongst Marine Life
Fall 1999
Needs work
Comments
Needs editing of grammar and spelling.
Clowning Around Sea Anemones
Fall 1999
Almost ready
Comments
Almost ready. Lots typos and grammar errors to be fixed first. Cute activity for kids in K-3
The Web of Life
Fall 1999
Classroom ready
Comments
ready to go!.
The Convergent Evolution of Marine Fish and Whales
Fall 1999
Needs work
Comments
This could be a great activity, but needs more development. Basic concept is fantastic and rich with learning potential. This would tie in well as a follow up for fish diversity station, and shark and squid dissection.
Fresh Water Science
Fall 1999
Almost ready
Comments
Almost ready to go. Very good activity.
Marine animals and their Environments
Fall 1999
Needs work

Comments

Good idea but needs fleshing out. It would benefit by having the environments better defined.
Life In The Rocky Intertidal
Fall 1999
Needs work

Comments

Could be a good follow-up for rocky intertidal station. Needs to be simpler (eg, genetic diversity too complex) for grade 4.
Physiology and Physics of Diving
Fall 1999
Almost ready

Comments

 

This could be very good. It incorporates math and science, including physiology and biology. This could be an excellent follow-up to a marine mammal station. If so, incorporate something about diving into the station.
Pinniped Station
Fall 1999
Almost ready

Comments

Could be very good as a station, but needs a game.
Biological Magnification
Fall 1999
Almost ready

Comments

 

Good idea, and important - biomagnification. Needs more fleshing out of activity, and connection of jars of water with dye to trophic levels. It is active and has lots of potential.
Whale Tails and Fingerprints
Fall 1999
Almost ready

Comments

 

This is a very good, active, interactive activity. It would take 3 hours minimum to do. It needs a tie-in showing the connection between the biology of whales and the ways that we identify whale individuals (fluke patterns, etc), to the biology of humans and fingerprinting, to the biology of other mammals with markings. Include examples of other animal species with distinctive individual markings & examples of other animals that look very similar to one another (monomorphic). How are we similar to whales a) physically? b) behaviorally? How are we different from whales? Review characters of mammals.

 

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