Lesson Plans for Grades 3-5
Students will be introduced to some of the organisms in an aquatic ecosystem. The concept of food webs and the many roles organisms play as consumers, producers, and decomposers will be introduced. Students will participate in an activity to learn how humans play a role in the aquatic food web as anglers and consumers.
By observing living samples of freshwater macroinvertebrates, students will learn about the classification system. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast invertebrates and vertebrates.
- Freshwater Classification Lesson Plan (HTML)
- Freshwater Classification Lesson Plan complete with handouts (PDF) (1.2MB)
Form and Function Grades 3-5
Students will be introduced to freshwater or saltwater fish species of New York State. Students will learn that over time fish, as well as other animals, have adapted or changed to survive in their environment. Although different fish species have different appearances, the function of their outside body parts is similar. In addition, the outside body parts (external anatomy features) of fish can tell us a lot about a species such as where it lives in the water, how it finds food, and how it protects itself from predators.
- Form and Function Grades 3-5 Lesson Plan (HTML)
- Form and Function Grades 3-5 Lesson Plan complete with handouts (PDF) (989KB)
This lesson introduces students to the fish families indigenous to New York State by playing I FISH NY's card game, "Go Fish". Students will also learn about the classification system and the external anatomy features of fish.