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This resource provides a series of hands-on and inquiry based activities which educate, equip and empower students to be stewards for sustainable food choices and healthy oceans.
In Lesson 1, the students learn about the water cycle through diagrams, a voting game and self-reflection.
In Lesson 2, the students will learn about aquaculture and the life cycle of fish by watching a video and playing a game.
In Lesson 3, the students learn about ocean health and relate it to seafood by participating in a true or false quiz in a slideshow and working in their workbooks.
In Lesson 4, the students will read a story about a girl named Rae who grew up in the fishing industry.
In Lesson 5, the students will learn the 4 basic components of a marine ecosystem by creating a fish farm poster and sharing it with the class.
In Lesson 6, the students will learn the importance of a healthy ocean and its impact on the environment and peoples' lives through stories and videos.
And finally in Lesson 7, the students will play a game answering one of three questions on the importance of oceans.
A unit plan for teachers and workbook for students are also provided.
This resource has an aim of developing knowledge and awareness of the issue rather than explicitly teaching skills.
This resource is particularly well suited for the early elementary classroom and satisfies the curriculum outcomes in Social Studies and Science dealing with life cycles, water cycle and ecosystems. It would be a nice unit to deliver close to World Oceans Day in early June.
The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Very Good|
The resource outlines how the seafood we eat is a direct reflection of how we treat our oceans. The lessons prompt exploration of where our seafood comes from and how consumers are connected to that process. Through a series of activities, discussions and critical questions students form their own opinions.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Very Good|
The resource does a very good job of explaining the environmental aspects associated with a healthy ocean while also addressing the economic and social sides of the issue.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
|Respects Complexity||Very Good|
The seafood industry is an expansive business that touches many corners of human life; ranging from supplying protein in our diets, to providing employment for communities, to being a tool of creativity and history for seafood chefs. Choosing to eat sustainable seafood helps to ensure that we will be able to continue to enjoy seafood for generations. Students examine all aspects of a healthy ocean in the activities provided.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Poor/Not considered|
The students learn a great deal about the importance of healthy oceans; however, there are no real opportunities for actions toward positive change included in the resource.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Good|
The students learn about the lives of fishers and read a story about a girl names Roe which helps them to develop an understanding of different lifestyles.
There is an optional activity to learn more about Tiare Boyes who grew up in a fishing family with an environmental activist mother and a father with a Masters in marine biology.
This is a true story based on the life of Tiare Boyes who grew up in a fishing family with an environmental activist mother and a father with a Masters in marine biology
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Satisfactory|
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
The activities and learning that takes place in this kit emphasizes that choosing sustainable seafood and promoting these conversations has a ripple effect upon the health and balance of marine life. Choosing to eat sustainable seafood helps to ensure that we will be able to continue to enjoy seafood for generations to come.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
|Open-Ended Instruction||Very Good|
The resources provides a variety of hands-on and inquiry based learning activities.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
Students are guided with questions/problems to solve and some direction on how to arrive at solutions in an age appropriate manner.
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
Addresses a variety of learning styles, but there are no strategies included for those learners who may experience difficulties.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
Students participate in group discussions and activities.
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Very Good|
Included in the resource is a Unit Evaluation Rubric that can be used throughout the unit. It is also included in the student workbook so the students can understand how they may be evaluated.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
The resource provides a think/pair/share activity.
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
|Case Studies||Very Good|
In the activities provided the students read a book about a girl named Roe who grew up in the fishing industry. There is also an activity where the students learn about the various people who are connected to the fishing industry.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Satisfactory|
Much of the resource is planned for the students in order for them to gain the most knowledge and awareness as possible.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|