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National Science Foundation
Educators

Educators, use the links below to view popular Crittercam lesson plans and printable coloring book pages on marine creatures, or download our Classroom Companion (pdf) for a comprehensive list of Crittercam-related resources for teachers and students.


LESSON PLANS FOR THE CLASSROOM

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PENGUINS:
Emperor Penguins: Antarctica
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Emperor penguins are the largest penguin species and the only penguins that spend the winter on the Antarctic ice. In these lessons students will learn more about the habitat and behaviors of emperor penguins, as well as what is being done to preserve their populations.
Penguins Activity Guide: Built to Swim (pdf)
(Geography Standards 8 and 15, Science Standards A, B, C)



SHARKS:
Hammerhead Sharks: Florida Keys
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
A keystone species is a species that has a major influence on the structure of an ecosystem. Its presence impacts many other members of the ecosystem, and if its population dwindles or disappears, there can be far-reaching consequences for the ecosystem. In these lessons, students will examine how scientists are trying to figure out whether bull and hammerhead sharks are keystone species in the Florida Keys.

Nurse Sharks: Florida Keys
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Scientists who have been studying nurse shark mating behavior for years in the Florida Keys are now using Crittercam and are very excited about the potential of this new technology. These lessons encourage students to learn about nurse shark behavior and shark conservation programs.
Sharks Activity Guide: Shark Teeth (pdf)
(Geography Standard 16, Science Standards C and F)


WHALES
Humpback Whales: Southeast Alaska
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
The humpback whale is an endangered species that inhabits both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. In this lesson students will learn about an unusual group feeding behavior called bubble-net feeding (also known as bubble or lunge feeding). Students will also be encouraged to think about why humpback whales feed this way.

Pilot Whales: Kona, Hawaii
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Short-finned pilot whales inhabit many of the world's tropical waters, including the Kona coast of Hawaii's Big Island. In these lessons students will learn about pilot whales' sociability and bonding and consider how Crittercam might help scientists learn more about the whales' social behaviors.

Whales: California
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Scientists believe that whales vocalize to locate one another, to find mates, and to socialize. These lessons teach students about the vocalizations of several whale species and the special calls of different populations of blue whales.
Whales Activity Guide: Benefits of Blubber (pdf)
(Science Standards A, B, C)



LAND ANIMALS
Lions: Kenya
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Lions outside the protection of national parks and reserves, where tourists usually see them, are seriously threatened. Conflicts arise between people, who want to protect their livestock, and the lions, which may hunt cattle and other domestic animals. In these lessons students will learn about these conflicts and some of the ways in which they are being addressed.
Land Animals Activity Guide: Who Eats Whom? (pdf)
(Geography Standards 8 and 15, Science Standards A, B, C)



SEALS
Leopard Seals: Antarctica
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
In these lessons students will learn about leopard seals, the Antarctic's top predators. Students will study the hunting behaviors of leopard seals, as well as the delicate balance between leopard seals and their seemingly favorite prey: penguins.

Monk Seals: Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Hawaii's monk seal population is gravely endangered, although scientists believe the seals have a chance for recovery. In these lessons, students learn about the challenges facing the monk seals, what scientists are doing to prevent the species' extinction, and more.

Seals: Nova Scotia
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Both gray seals and harbor seals feed on sand lances in the waters off this remote island—what makes one species more successful? In these lessons, students will learn about competition in nature and explore the relationship between seals and sharks.
Seals and Sea Lions Activity Guide: Which is Which? (pdf)
(Science Standards C and D)



TURTLES
Turtles: Shark Bay, Australia
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Both loggerhead turtles and green turtles live in the waters of Shark Bay, but one species is much less likely to fall prey to the ferocious tiger shark. Why? Students will investigate this mystery, studying the turtles' anatomies and behaviors to look for clues.

Leatherback Turtles: Las Baulas, Costa Rica
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Leatherback turtles are an endangered species of sea turtle found throughout the world's oceans. In these lessons students will learn about leatherback turtles and the threats they are facing, and consider how Crittercam can help protect them.
Turtles Activity Guide: Track Leatherback Turtles (pdf)
(Geography Standards 1, 2 and 8, Science Standards A, B, C)



DUGONGS
Dugongs: Shark Bay, Australia
Grades: 3-5 | 6-8
Although the dugong looks like a cross between the seal and the walrus, the dugong is more closely related to the elephant. In these lessons, students explore this connection and learn about animal adaptations.

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