Students review and build on learning from their LabVenture experience using an activity that models the impact of changing temperatures on lobster and black sea bass.
1 to 3 class periods
LabVenture Recap Teacher's Guide | LabVenture Field Notebook | Student Pages | Class slides | Data sheets, board, and cards | Temperature tracking sheets
Students will recap learning from their LabVenture experience through a modeling activity that shows how warming temperatures are influencing the range of lobster and black sea bass. Students will set up for the activity by gathering information from the LabVenture Field Notebook. Then they will simulate range shifts by adding and removing lobster and black sea bass cards according to shifting temperatures. Finally, they will synthesize learning by making predictions about the future of lobster and black sea bass populations in the Gulf of Maine.
Essential questions: What changes are we seeing in the Gulf of Maine? How do we know? Why is it important?
Students will be able to...
- Explain how lobster and black sea bass ranges are changing in responses to warming temperatures
- Apply their learning to make predictions about range of lobster and black sea bass in the future
Students will understand…
- Changes in ecosystems have impacts on the species within those ecosystems.
- Using data to understand a phenomenon involves being able to read and make sense of data representations (tables, graphs, maps, etc.) and models.
- Trends in the Gulf of Maine show temperatures are warming, and there is annual variation within those trends.