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									                            Mid-Atlantic Ocean Tank
                           Curriculum for – Grades 6-8

Teacher Materials
   1. Fish Tales – Aquarium-supplied newsletter containing background information on
       the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Tank.
   2. Mid-Atlantic Ocean Math – worksheet
   3. Mid-Atlantic Ocean Math – answer sheets
   4. Biography of an Ocean-Dwelling Creature – worksheet
   5. My Aquarium – math worksheet to accompany the tank drawing
   6. Sea Turtle Tracking – directions for activity of tracking a loggerhead turtle
   7. Sea Turtle Tracking Map
   8. Field Guide Template
   9. Atlantic Ocean Dwellers – word search
   10. NJCCCS – all standards are listed separately

General Objectives:
         (*Cognitive)         To establish prior knowledge
         (*Psychomotor)       To stimulate student engagement
         (*Affective)         To establish learning priorities
         (*Affective)         To stimulate student interest in marine creatures

Lesson-Specific Objectives:
   a. (*Psychomotor) Plot latitude and longitude on a map
   b. (*Cognitive) Utilize mapping skills to track the movements of an adult sea turtle
   c. (*Cognitive) Gain a greater understanding of the migratory habits of the
      loggerhead sea turtle.
   d. (*Cognitive) Utilize mapping and math skills to figure out the total distance
      traveled by a given sea turtle and convert to miles
   e. (*Psychomotor) Utilize various math skills to draw a representation of a fish
   f. (*Cognitive) Utilize various math skills to properly solve a variety of math
   g. (*Cognitive) Calculate the area and perimeter of their tank using appropriate
   h. (*Psychomotor) Employ math skills to create a graph displaying information in a
      clear, meaningful way
   i. (*Affective) Utilize prior knowledge to create specific writings
   j. (*Psychomotor) Write a biography of an ocean dwelling creature
   k. (*Psychomotor) Utilize PowerPoint to create an interactive presentation
   l. (*Cognitive) Utilize critical thinking skills to create a field guide entry
   m. (*Cognitive) Understand the complexities of the marine food web

Pre-Visit Activities
1. Writing connection: Fish Autobiography
   Choose a fish you have learned about. Write a story or a series of "diary entries" as if
     you were that fish. Describe your life, your habitat, and environmental problems you
     encounter as you try to survive.
2.   Mid-Atlantic Ocean Math
     Utilize the supplied worksheet to solve problems about the fish and the tank.
3.   Writing a Biography of an Ocean-Dwelling Creature
      Using the worksheet, have the students choose an ocean-dwelling creature and
      research the required information. Then, they can utilize their research to write a
      biography of their fish.
      *Extension: Have the students illustrate their creature
      *Extension: Have the students utilize the information from the worksheet to create a
      power point about the creature and present it to the class. (Real or fictitious, like
4.   Science Connection: The Food Web
     Utilize the following link: to
     discuss and demonstrate a typical marine food web in New Jersey waters. (This
     activity was developed by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.)
5.   Technology, Writing, & Science Connection: Making a Field Guide
     Begin class by showing students various examples of field guides and discuss how
     they are set up. Then, have your students create a field guide to take to the Aquarium
     with you. Utilizing the computer, have students research the different species of fish
     and marine creatures in the Mid-Atlantic Ocean tank.
     Utilize the template and have them find the following:
     a. Picture of creature
     b. Name
     c. Vertebrate or Invertebrate
     d. Size (length and weight)
     e. Habitat
     f. Prey
     Compile all student entries and create a field guide. Run copies, staple, and

Post-Visit Activities
6. Art/Science connection: Design-a-Fish
   Encourage students to draw a fish with an unusual adaptation à la science fiction (ex.
   a cell phone embedded in its body for communicating with other fish). Have students
   explain how this would help the fish to survive. Would this type of adaptation
   actually be possible or likely? What real adaptations do fish have that help them to do
   the same thing?
7. Math & Art connection: Aquarium Design
   Give each student a blank piece of paper and ask them to draw their own rectangular
   fish tank for the Atlantic City Aquarium. Once they have drawn the tank, tell them to
   add the contents of the tank, and ask them to label all of the parts of their picture.
   (Length, width, height) When they are finished their drawing, ask them to answer
   some questions about their tank from the supplied worksheet.
8. Geography Connection: Sea Turtle Tracking
   This activity will help your students to not only brush up on map skills, but they will
   also gain a greater understanding of the migratory habits of the loggerhead sea turtle.
   The directions and map are included in the packet.
   *Extension activities are included on the worksheet.
9. Math & Art Connection: Comparing Length
   Have the students choose five marine creatures from the Mid-Atlantic Ocean tank.
   Find the average length of each and make a chart to display the findings. Then,
   compare the sizes of these five creatures to the students.
   *Extension: Take the class outside to the playground area. Using chalk, have them
   draw representations of the five marine creatures on the blacktop. Then, have the
   students trace each other and show the size comparisons. Label each.

Additional Activities

  1. Utilize as a wrap-up to the lesson: Word Search – Atlantic Ocean Dwellers
  2. The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium has wonderful activities on their
     website at:

*Domains of Learning

NJCCCS – See attached

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