Spring Lesson Plan #3: Grade 8 to 12 (Aquarium Photo Journalism)
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
Materials Needed: Activity Sheet and Digital Camera
This activity works best as a review of scientific concepts explored in
class prior to a Vancouver Aquarium visit. Students should be familiar
with the concepts of biotic and abiotic factors, symbiosis, different
types of animal adaptation, and how environmental and human impacts
influence ecosystems. Please see the section ‚Helpful Information‛ for
details of pre-teaching material.
*Photo shared to social media should use the tags #OceanWise and #OceanWiseEducation. We love to see what the students discover in the galleries, so be sure to share your adventure with us.
1) Animal Observation and Photo Gathering (45 - 90 min). 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.
2) Class Photo (5 min). Meet as a class and take a group photo before leaving the Aquarium. Plan to incorporate this photo into a slide show with select photos from each student as a way of showcasing and remembering the Aquarium experience.
3) Enjoy the rest of your visit!
students explain what is happening in the photo they took
Are there any relationship or factors present?
What details do you notice around the specific species or habitat?
Why is that photo a favourite?
Tips for Success:
To avoid too many students trying to look at one exhibit/gallery at the same time, have different groups start at different geographic zones within the Aquarium
Students Will Be Able To:
 describe the relationships between abiotic and biotic elements within an ecosystem
 explain how species adapt and interact within ecosystems
 examine environmental impacts facing select ecosystems
Characteristics of life (Content)
Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest (Curricular Competencies)
Experience and interpret the local environment (Curricular Competencies)
Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Curricular Competencies)
Select aspects, at the educator’s discretion, of PLOs under Biology 11
Science - Characteristics of life (Content)
Grade 9 Science - Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest (Curricular Competencies)
Grade 10 Science - Experience and interpret the local environment (Curricular Competencies)
Science - Consider social, ethical, and environmental implications of the findings from their own and others' investigations (Curricular Competencies)
Grade 11 Select aspects, at the educator’s discretion, of PLOs under Biology 11
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