by Margaret Hynes
Lexile Level: NC 1130L (Non-Conforming)
What allows animals to live in a specific water ecosystem?
Help K-5 students answer this essential question (and meet the Common Core State Standards) with the Teaching STEM lesson plans for this mentor text: Oceans & Seas by Margaret Hynes (Lexile Level: NC 1130L)
Students will examine the essential question, “What allows animals to live in a specific water ecosystem?” Students will be grouped and assigned a specific ecosystem chosen from the suggested list. They will conduct research using a variety of sources to identify important information about an animal that lives in their assigned ecosystem and identify the adaptations the animal has that allows it to successfully live there.
The Library Activity begins on page 40. The Collaborative Teacher Activity is on page 42. Extension Activities (sample)
1. Investigate James Cook and other early ocean explorers. Create a timeline of the early explorations and where they took place from journey’s start to end. Add information about the explorers.
2. Look up cultured pearls and read about the process for creating these pearls. Write a description of how it’s done and the science behind it.
3. Explore the issues facing oceans today. Name the largest issues and assign students to research and present the information in a debate-style setting.