Competency Goal 1: The learner will make observations and conduct investigations to build an understanding of animal behavior and adaptation.
1.04 Explain and discuss how humans and other animals can adapt their behavior to live in changing habitats.
This lesson will use internet workshops to create a cross disciplinary unit, incorporating the science Competency Goal 1 and objective 1.04 with the Social Studies pirate unit for fourth grade. Students will use the website, http://www.neaq.org/conservation_and_research/climate_change/effects_on_ocean_animals.php to conclude information about animal adaption with changing habitats. According to the website, seals are being forced to adapt to a change in their habitats, as a result of global warming. The warming in climate is resulting in a retreat of sea ice, in which seals use as a platform to rest. The change has also resulted in a decrease in the food change, which has an effect on each animal within the food chain. There has been a decrease in the seal population as a result. They are being forced to find new habitats. Students will compare and contrast animal adaption with Jake’s adaption to a life as a seaman in the book Pirate Diary the journal of Jake Carpenter.
Questions to ask:
1. Compare and contrast Jake’s adaptation to the life as a seaman to the adaptation of seals to the retreat of sea ice as a result of global warming. Show your results in a vienn diagram.
2. How might global warming play an effect on seaman like Jake? (the decrease of the food change would play an impact on their diet)
3. Why does a decrease in one animal species have effect the whole food chain?
Correlation between the study of seals with the story the pirate diary