Unit/Task Title:Drift Study Grade Level:5-8 Course(s):Science Author:Jenny Johnson
Content Area(s) addressed in this unit/task:
Career Preparation
English Language Arts
Science and Technology
Content Standards and Performance Indications.
These standards refer to the Maine Learning Results:

CP: C1
ELA: H1, H2
M: F1, G3, K2
S+T: A3, K6, J1, J2, J3, L4
Guiding Principles taught and assessed in this unit:
Collaborative Worker
Effective Communicator
Quality Producer
Assessment criteria (how will you know when they know):
Students will be able to locate points on a chart and use a GPS.
Students will become careful observers and notice data trends.
Students will be able to draw conclusions based on research and data collection.
Lesson Description:
Students will be working with local fishermen to study the currents in their surrounding area. Through observation they will be discovering the path lobster larvae travel and how they are distributed by local currents.

In addition to observation students will work with large scale charts and GPS to plot points and accurate lobster larvae locations.

Other evidence to be collected that will insure understanding:
Journal/Learning Log
Visual Representation
Feedback given to students:
Rubrics to explain scores
Personalized written comments
What are the essential questions?
Opportunities for integrated technology - web resources:
Island Institute
What will insure understanding?
How do ocean currents and local currents affect lobster larvae?
How does the lobster larvae distribution affect our local lobster industry?
Time neeeded to complete unit:
At least 2 class periods and 1 full day field trip
Resources needed:
Lobster boat and fishermen (volunteer)
PVC pipe for drift study
Observation notebooks and pencil or pen
Downloadable materials:
Instructions - PDF version
Instructions - Microsoft Word version
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