As part of the SciREN workshop, I’ve developed a lesson plan for use in high school classrooms (or possibly advanced 8th grade classes) that uses data from ECU’s acoustic telemetry project to teach students about reproductive strategies, habitat importance, and interactions with humans in the marine environment. Also, there are sharks involved.
In this lesson, students will learn about reproductive strategies used by marine animals, how they affect survival to adulthood, the importance of nursery habitat, and human impacts on juvenile survival. Students will also be given a basic primer on fisheries management and how it can be possible to both allow fishing to occur and protect vulnerable species. Using the example of sandbar sharks off of Cape Hatteras, students will develop a mock fishery management plan that should keep local fisheries open and avoid bycatch of protected species.
Everything you need for this lesson plan is available here:
Sharks on the Move Lesson Plan (.pdf file) – Lesson plan overview for teachers
Sharks on the Move Powerpoint (.pptx file) – Powerpoint presentation containing background information for the lesson, includes notes on further information and discussion questions (the teacher can see these by running the presentation in Presenter mode)
Sharks on the Move Powerpoint (.pdf file) – If you’d prefer, a PDF version of the Powerpoint presentation for printing and handing out
Sharks on the Move Student Info (.pdf file) – Information packet for students, including basic info on North Carolina fisheries, sandbar shark biology, and maps showing where tagged sandbar sharks have been detected each month
If you’re looking to fit this lesson into an existing curriculum, it was developed with North Carolina Essential Standards and Next Generation Science Standards in mind. This lesson best fits in with these standards:
NC Essential Standards
Bio 2.1 (“Analyze the interdependence of living organisms within their environments”)
Bio 2.2 (“Understand the impact of human activities on the environment”).
Next Generation Science Standards
HS-LS2-7 (“Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing human impacts on the environment and biodiversity”)
Feel free to leave a comment or contact me directly (my contact info is on the lesson plan document) with any questions. I am also more than willing to provide in-class assistance. If you’ve used this lesson plan, definitely let me know how well it worked and suggestions for improvement are welcome.