3. February Lesson Plan: 8 to 12



Task your students with a photo journalism assignment. During your self directed visit, older students often appreciate the opportunity for independent exploration, however sometimes focus can be lost. Using photographs helps to centre student's focus on an engaging and interactive task that they can do either independantly, or as a group.


In small groups, have students explore the Aquarium galleries searching for the specific photo scenarios listed in the activity sheet. Students should use their digital cameras to capture the photos for each scene as well as provide a descriptive caption to accompany each photo

Have students select their favourite photograph to present to the rest of the class. Have students explain what is happening in the photo, any relationship or factors present, details around the specific species or habitat, why the photo is a favourite, etc. Have students select one photograph and create a mini article about the scene as if for a nature and/or environmental magazine. Using the same activity structure, capture photos and captions present in a select outdoor ecosystem in your school neighbourhood.

Students can then post their article in a Blog

Learning Objectives

This lesson encourages students to connect with diverse species and habitats by using photographs and observation skills while exploring the Vancouver Aquarium. Specifically, students will locate and photograph select scenarios at the Aquarium as a means of determining the interaction of abiotic and biotic factors within an ecosystem, as well as exploring the interconnectedness of organisms within such ecosystems.

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