Project Wild Aquatic Education Activity Guide Author:Council for Environmental Education The Project WILD Aquatic K-12 Curriculum and Activity Guide emphasizes aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Because these activities are designed for integration into existing courses of study, instructors may use one or many Project WILD Aquatic activities or the entire set of activities may serve quite effectively as the basis for a course... more » of study.
Each Project WILD Aquatic activity contains all the information needed to conduct that activity including objectives, method, background information, a list of materials needed, procedures, evaluation suggestions, recommended grade levels, subject areas, duration, group size, setting, and key terms. A glossary is provided, as well as a cross-reference by topics and skills.
Sample Lesson: Aquatic Times
Students investigate, write, and produce a newspaper that features aquatic information and issues. This activity provides an opportunity for the students to coordinate newspaper production with information, issues, and recommendations about aquatic organisms and their habitats.
1. Using an actual newspaper as a model, discuss the various parts of a newspaper. Help the students recognize that in addition to news articles, other departments exist in most newspapers. Comics, sports, editorials, and many other sections are featured in a newspaper. Ask each student or team of students to choose one section of the newspaper to develop and write.
2. The theme of this newspaper is aquatic animals or aquatic-related issues. Ask the students to gather information for their chosen section. Show the students how to properly acknowledge and credit any sources they use.
3. The articles in the newspaper could be both playful and serious. For example: Water Strider Upends at Soap Spill in Stream, Snoopy aboard the Calypso, Dear Abalone (advice column), Fish Race to Spawning Beds! (sports), etc.
4. Once the students begin writing their articles, encourage them to share their work. In this way, interests can merge and different talents can be called on.
5. When most of the articles have been written, assign a small group of students to begin the production phase of the paper. The artwork can be photographs or drawings that illustrate a particular point in the article. Computer graphics can also be used to highlight specific articles.
6. Once the newspaper is complete, copies can be made for the class or for distribution throughout the community.
7. Summarize the activity with a discussion of each article or feature, emphasizing what the students learned about aquatic life and habitat from this activity.
1. Have an aquatic poster contest.
2. Establish a current events corner about wildlife.
3. Convert the newspaper to a video news format.
4. Visit a local newspaper and offer your articles for submission to the newspaper.« less