Sea Horses: Father Knows Best
Grade Levels: 3 - 5
Students learn about the unusual world of the sea horse – in which the
father fish carries and gives birth to the babies!
SUGGESTED TIME ALLOWANCE
OBJECTIVESuse vocabulary related to the sea horse.
learn about the sea horse's life cycle.
write an information card about the life cycle of a sea horse.
Knows Best Online Quiz (http://www.sfscience.com/english/grade_3/unit_A/chap_2/act_3/3.htm)
Information Card (http://www.sfscience.com/english/grade_3/unit_A/chap_2/act_3/4.htm)
Knows Best Website (http://sfscience.com/english/grade_3/unit_A/chap_2/act_3/1.htm)
Sea Horse Basics
PROCEDURESIntroduce key vocabulary: embryo, fins,
incubation, life cycle, pouch, snout, species.
Have students visit the Father
Knows Best Website and explore the sites that are mentioned.
Encourage students to take the Father
Knows Best Online Quiz to review the main points of the lesson.
Tell students to complete the Aquarium
Information Card on the last screen of the lesson. They should print the
completed page and bring it to the group discussion.
Have students work individually or with partners.
Set up a time when students can come together to discuss the lesson and
share their ideas for the aquarium information cards.
ASSESSMENTUse the Scoring Guide Rubric to access students'
understanding of the life cycle of a sea horse, ability to use the Internet,
and selection of facts to share.
For more information about creating rubrics, visit the Assessment
EXTENSION ACTIVITIESHave students visit Animal
Super-Dads (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/seahorse/superdads.html) to learn
about seven other "animal dads" that take an active role in caring
for their young. Encourage students to choose one of these "animal dads"
and compare and contrast it with the seahorse.
Invite students to take an Aquatic
Safari (http://www.seaworld.org/VirtualAquarium/aquaticsafari.html). After
learning about other unique ocean creatures, students can create an aquatic
mural for a bulletin board display. For each animal, have students make an information
card similar to the one in the sea horse lesson. Display the cards around the
mural using string to connect each card to the animal it describes.
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