Learning Exercise: "Animals At Monterey Bay Aquarium"
Students will view a live web cam displaying various animals in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which is located in Monterey, CA. The various animals that will be displayed include the following: giant bluefish tuna, hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, etc. Students will observe the various animals displayed via the live web cam. After the video, a class discussion will be held to discuss the various animals displayed in the web cam. In the discussion, students will be given several guiding questions to help them conclude the following: Animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places. Thus, students will conclude that the animals at the aquarium have external features (ie: fins, tail, scales, gills) that help them thrive and survive in the ocean. These animals’ gills, for instance, help them breathe in the ocean. These animals’ fins, for instance, help these animals swim in the ocean. These animals’ tails, for instance, serve as a steering mechanism for these animals. Lastly, students will draw the animals observed and label the animals’ external features (ie: fins, tail, scales, gills, etc.). Students will be given a paper containing the labels (fin, tail, scales, gills), which students will cut out the labels and place them onto their picture labeling each feature.
Course: Life Science; Grade 1
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Teachers will need to be able to utilize the video’s tools correctly (using the play, pause, and volume options found in a black rectangular box embedded within the video). Since this video is live, it cannot replay or display images that have already streamed live. If teachers wish to clarify students’ misconceptions about a particular animal, for instance, then they will only be able to use the images that are streaming live because this video cannot replay images previously displayed. Thus, students will select one animal they observed and draw a picture of this particular animal with its respective labels. If teachers need to provide clarification on an animal or an animals’ external features, they could use the following links: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/sharks/classroom/sharktemplates/Hammertemplate.shtml (information on hammerhead shark) (information on sea turtle) http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/turtle/Seaturtlecoloring.shtml
Additional Information: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/fish/printouts/Fishcoloring.shtml
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