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 The MarcoGram: For educators, principals and teacher-trainers.
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By the Sea


April is National Zoo and Aquarium Month and MarcoPolo has collected
lessons that use marine biology and maritime history to illustrate basic
concepts in economics, math, art, geography and much more. Use the
warm-up activities below to get your students interested in animals,
aquatics and maritime adventures, then scroll down to find links to more
lessons to help celebrate National Zoo and Aquarium Month in your
classroom.


Warm-up Activities:


 Pirate Map <http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/images/MP_piratemap.jpg>
1. Blackbeard the Pirate is one of the most well known pirates in
history. Where did he live? (Answer: Born in Jamaica, Blackbeard owned a
house in North Carolina.) Can you name any other pirates? Where do you
think they lived? Where did they sail? On a world map, mark and color in
the areas where some famous pirates traveled.
Image courtesy of Beej's
Pirate Image Archive, a partner-approved resource.       Explore a
"Pirate  <http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23xp_pirate.cfm> Map"
(Grades 3-5), Xpeditions, National Geographic Society.


 Bluefin Tuna <http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/images/MP_maguro.gif>
Image courtesy of EconEdLink.    2. American consumers spend more than
$46 billion each year on a wide variety of fish and shellfish products,
and, worldwide, fish is the most consumed animal protein. Fisheries and
aquaculture farms contribute to the fish population which, in turn,
helps alleviate hunger in underdeveloped nations. Are there any
drawbacks to "fish farming?" Create an argument for or against
commercial fisheries. Support your findings with social, economic and
mathematical statistics.
        Participate in "The Fish
<http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_fish.cfm> Trade" (Grades
9-12), Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of
Science.


 Ocean Floor <http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/images/MP_underwater.jpg>
3. Have you ever visited the ocean? Do you know what types of animals
live in the ocean? Draw a picture of plants, animals and other objects
you might find underwater.
C 2002, PhotoDisc, Inc.  Take a trip "Under the Deep
<http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ed_sea.cfm> Blue Sea" (Grades
K-2), EDSITEment, National Endowment for the Humanities.

4. You can estimate the weight of a whale by measuring its length. Let's
assume that a 40-foot whale weighs about 40,000 tons. Based on that, how
much does a whale weigh if it's 72 feet long? (Answer: 72,000 tons.) How
long is the whale if it weighs 48,500 tons? (Answer: 48 1/2 feet.) Quiz
your friends to see if they can figure out the math.


Work on basic math skills in "Application: Using
<http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ill_math.cfm> Math in Everyday
Life" (Grades 1-8), Illuminations, National Council of Teachers of
Mathematics.



5. Brine shrimp, also known as "sea monkeys," require special conditions
to hatch and live, including water salinity, temperature and water
quality. What do you think are the optimal conditions for brine shrimp
to hatch? Devise a hypothesis, then create a graphic organizer with the
different variables you will use to test your theory.


Test your theory while "Hatching Brine
<http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_shrimp.cfm> Shrimp" (Grades
6-8), Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of
Science.



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Links to This Month's Featured Lessons:

"Under the Deep Blue Sea" (Grades K-2)
(EDSITEment, National Endowment for the Humanities)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ed_sea.cfm
Students learn about the ocean and the creatures that live there, listen
to stories and poems with oceanic settings, conduct research about
oceanic life forms, and write their own stories and poems about the sea.



"Application: Using Math in Everyday Life" (Grades 1-8)
(Illuminations, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ill_math.cfm
This lesson includes an activity for students to estimate the weight of
a whale.


"How a Blue Crab Changes as It Grows" (Grades 3-5)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_crab.cfm
Students discover the changes that an animal (a blue crab) goes through
during molting.


"Pirate Map" (Grades 3-5)
(Xpeditions, National Geographic Society)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23xp_pirate.cfm
Students learn the geography of pirate routes.


"Sink It" (Grades 3-5)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_sink.cfm
Students develop experimental design skills while studying the density
of water and buoyancy of a boat.


"Light in the Storm: Patterns of a Lighthouse" (Grades 3-6)
(ARTSEDGE, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ae_storm.cfm
Students work in teams to create light and sound patterns for a
lighthouse.


"Dolphin Brains" (Grades 3-12)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_dolphin.cfm
In this Science Update, students learn how one scientist is studying
dolphin intelligence.


"Hatching Brine Shrimp" (Grades 6-8)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_shrimp.cfm
Students learn how the growth and survival of brine shrimp depends on
physical conditions.


"Bouncy Blubber" (Grades 6-12)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_blubber.cfm
In this Science Update, students learn about the energy-saving benefits
of blubber.


"I'll Trade You a Bag of Chips, Two Cookies, and $60,000 for Your Tuna
Fish Sandwich" (Grades 9-12)
(EconEdLink, National Council on Economic Education)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23econ_tuna.cfm
Students study the concept of supply and demand through the fish trade.


"Piracy: A Continuing Problem" (Grades 9-12)
(Xpeditions, National Geographic Society)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23xp_piracy.cfm
Students compare and contrast piracy in its "golden age" with piracy in
modern times.


"Using Algebra and Discrete Mathematics to Investigate Population
Changes in a Trout Pond" (Grades 9-12)
(Illuminations, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23ill_trout.cfm
Students use graphs, equations, tables and technological tools to
investigate the effect of varying parameters on a changing fish
population.


"The Fish Trade" (Grades 9-12)
(Science NetLinks, American Association for the Advancement of Science)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23sci_fish.cfm
Students examine the interdependence of global trade in the context of
the economic and social aspects of fisheries and aquaculture.


"Can Captive Breeding Save Species?" (Grades 9-12)
(Xpeditions, National Geographic Society)
http://marcopolo.worldcom.com/partner/23xp_species.cfm
Students research and assess captive breeding programs in zoos and
aquariums.



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