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Lesson: Protecting Our Ocean Resources Course: Honors Marine Biology Sequence: Day 2 - Explain & Evaluate data

Benton High School 5655 South Fourth Street Saint Joseph, Missouri 64504

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Teacher: Sean P. Nash Duration: 1 period

Learning Objectives
• Identify and share the main local seafood species and their sustainability situation. • Summarize and present data characterizing the sustainability of key species. • Evaluate summative knowledge on local keystone seafood species.

Lesson Design
Connection to or Analysis of Background Knowledge

Students discuss their homework findings within their group of four (or five). From last period, students were on assignment until today to find one of the most common seafood items sold in a minimum of two local grocery stores or restaurants. Students will share their findings with the group and prepare a summary statement of their findings to share out with the whole group.
Objective and Purpose (Share the “why”)

Today’s session is an introduction connecting what students have experienced in the world of seafood while growing up in the midwest... to the current state of our seafood resources. Students often think that the choices they make in Missouri have little to no effect on the oceans of the planet. Students should be informed up front that this idea will be addressed and discussed throughout the class in every phase of learning. In today’s introduction, we are looking for an increased awareness about critical issues in ocean resources directly pertaining to food issues & practices.
Modeling or Demonstration

Next, groups are assigned one of the critical species presented. Each group will spend 20 to 30 minutes in online research of this species, preparing a final presentation out to the class. Students will then
Check for Understanding

Students participate in whole group questioning strategies with their peers as they practice solid Cornell note-taking strategies throughout presentations.

Upon completion of presentations and question-answer period over each species, students will take turns in a collaborative quiz game at their table to help review the new information presented, connect it to previous knowledge and prepare for a summative quiz at the end of today’s period. The quiz will cover basic facts about the sustainability and health of these locally “cornerstone” species.

Closure and Extension

Benton High School 5655 South Fourth Street Saint Joseph, Missouri 64504

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Prior to the end of the period, students are given a bridging question to help close the day’s lesson as well as to provide a connection to the next lesson in the series: “What can one person, or one small group of people do to affect local behavior?”. Students answer this question on a post-it note to be posted on the door on the way out of class. (or posted to the Twitter account by phone) These brief ideas will be highlighted at the beginning of the next period. Finally, students will go to our social network at: to post a summary of today’s lesson (including solid connections and reflections) on the program blog pages. A key part of today’s post should be a reflection of not only their own personal performance on the summative quiz, but also a discussion of the process we used to prepare. Students will also post online comments and questions to the blog posts of other students in the class.


• Summative ocean resources quiz: • Blue Ocean Institute: • Online “Guide to Ocean Friendly Seafood”:


• The final lesson will be an introduction to actually “doing something” (social action) about the issues we discussed tonight. The theme of the next period will be “taking social action from Missouri to change things in the ocean.”