Trout: From Eggs to Adults - A Journey of Survival

Unit Lesson Plan


Trout: From Egg to Adult – A Journey of Survival
A Web-Quest Unit of Exploration

Unit Designed by: Karen Staffen

Intended Grade Levels: 3-5

Unit Overview:
This unit is based on the Trout In the Classroom program, and is designed to assist students explore the world of trout. The trout life cycle, characteristics, habitats, and survival are examined with a variety of hands-on activities. Students will create dioramas and PowerPoint presentations as a method of sharing and teacher evaluation.

ELL Levels and Language Objectives Addressed:    
· Early intermediate to early advanced learner levels
· Students will use key vocabulary when talking about trout and habitats
· Students will make connections to prior knowledge
· Students will read for information
· Students will exchange and discuss information
· Students will extend knowledge
· Students will address various learning modalities
· Students will take and use notes to explain information
· Students will be able to write about trout life cycle stages, habitats, and survival

Differentiation strategies to meet diverse learner needs:
· Partner grouping
· Includes auditory, kinesthetic, cooperative, and visual learning strategies

Nevada State Science Content Standards Addressed:
· L.5.A: Students understand that some characteristics are inherited and some are not.
· L.5.A1: Students know some physical characteristics and behaviors that are inherited in animals and plants.
· L.5.A2: Students know reproduction is an essential characteristic for the continuation of every species.
· L.5.B: Students understand that living things have specialized structures that perform a variety of life functions.
· L.5.B1: Students know plants and animals have structures that enable them to grow, reproduce, and survive.
· L.5.B2: Students know living things have predictable life cycles.
· L.5.C: Students understand that there is a variety of ecosystems on Earth and organisms interact within their ecosystems.
· L.5.C2: Students know organisms interact with each other and with the non-living parts of their ecosystem.
· L.5.C3: Students know changes to an environment can be beneficial or detrimental to different organisms.
· L.5.C4: Students know all organisms, including humans, can cause changes in their environments.
· L.5.C5: Students know plants and animals have adaptations allowing them to survive in specific ecosystems.
· L.5.D: Students understand that living things can be classified according to physical characteristics, behaviors, and habitats.
· L.5.D.1: Students know animals and plants can be classified according to their observable characteristics.

· Zunal Web Quest Trout: From Egg to Adult – A Journey of Survival” zunal.com 
· Paper for life cycle booklets and diorama
· All student worksheets and attachments can be found at zunal.com

Activities:                                                                                                                                                    · Students will complete a web quest to learn about the life cycle and survival dangers of trout, which will include:
· A life cycle diagram
· Life cycle booklet
· Identification of trout by characteristics
· Creation of Mobile that shows and lists characteristics of one type of trout
· Exploration and student explanations of trout habitats and possible dangers trout may face in different stages of life
· Poster that represents a danger found at one stage of trout life cycle
· Students will share what they have discovered about trout by creating a diorama and a PowerPoint Presentation

Unit activities follow the 5 E model as shown below: Strategy/Activity                                                                                                                          Engage Explore Explain Elaborate Evaluate                  
                                                               Life Cycle of Trout
Trout in the Classroom Observations and Journals                              X
Zunal Web Quest  - Trout a Journey of Survival                                              X         X
Label the Life Cycle of Trout                                                                                         X
Life Cycle Stages booklet for Interactive Bulletin Board                      X                          X             X
                                                    What Makes a Trout a Trout
Trout in the Classroom Observations and Journals                              X
Zunal Web Quest  - Trout a Journey of Survival                                              X         X
Name 5 Types of trout and identify 1 in detail                                                                     X             X
Complete an internal and external anatomy diagram                                                X                      X
Create a trout characteristic mobile – visual and written                    X                    X      X             X
                                                      Habitat and Survival
Trout in the Classroom Observations and Journals                              X                   X
Zunal Web Quest  - Trout a Journey of Survival                                             X           X
Explain the environmental needs of the life stages of trout                                                 X             X
Only the strong (and lucky) survive                                                                                X      X             X
Create a poster that identifies a danger at one stage of life                X                   X      X             X
Catch the Critter Game                                                                            X                            X             X
Life Cycle Game – Whole group activity                                                X                            X             X
                                                 Diorama and PowerPoint
Create a Diorama – Life cycle, characteristics, habitat, survival        X                    X      X            X
PowerPoint Presentation – Highlights diorama; with picture              X                    X      X            X

Prior to the Web Quest:                                                                                                                                 Students should be involved in the Trout In the Classroom program or other activity that provides hands on experience with the life cycle of trout. Optimally, student observation journals are in progress, the class has discussed trout growth without any formal learning having begun.
This is a partner activity; therefore students will need to be partnered prior to beginning this unit. 

Practice and Exploration:                                                                                                                                       Students are directed to the zunal.com website, and instructed to complete the  Trout: From Eggs to Adults – A Journey of Survival web quest. 

All activities and materials can be found on the website and should be followed in order of tasks and individual task instructions. Student supplies needed to complete the tasks should be made available to students before the web quest begins.

Time needed to complete each task will vary, depending upon student abilities. Teachers can determine lesson times by viewing the web quest.

Evaluation:                                                                                                                                                        Upon completion of this unit students will complete two projects to demonstrate understanding of the concepts presented in the unit:

1. Students will create a four-section diorama, with each section reflecting the following aspect of trout:
            a. Life Cycle
            b. Characteristics
            c. Habitat
            d. Survival

2. PowerPoint presentation with five slides; each one reflecting the following aspect of trout:
            a. Title Page with a picture of the diorama
            b. Life Cycle
            c. Characteristics
            d. Habitat
            e. Survival

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