Lesson Plans & Activities
Sea Grant education presentations made during the 2009 Louisiana Science Teachers Association Conference.
Coastal Roots Seedling Nursery Program establishes wetland seedling nurseries at schools from within the coastal zone in Louisiana. Currently there are 15 schools in 10 parishes in south Louisiana that participate in the project. These nurseries are capable of producing native wetland plants for use in habitat restoration by the participating students. Students managing the nurseries oversee the entire growth cycle of the plants, from seed germination to the planting of the seedlings in the restoration programs during the fall semester.
Education on the Halfshell
Education on the Halfshell lessons use oysters to teach biological concepts. Topics include: Understanding a Dichotomous Key, Creating a Dichotomous Key, Writing a Descriptive Essay, Oyster Culture Cycle. Lessons include background information, blackline masters, alternative assessments, answer keys, extension ideas, resources and web links, correlations to the Louisiana and the National Science Education Standards. The lessons are free and available to download in a pdf. format.
Estuary Live Louisiana
Estuary Live! is an interactive virtual field trip accessible via the internet for classrooms and individuals around the country. Students and individuals have the opportunity to participate by submitting online questions for scientists and other experts.
Magnificent Manatees of the Gulf Coast
Did you know that manatees have been spotted in Louisiana? Manatees have been found in many waterways in south Louisiana including the Amite River and Lake Calcasieu. Get information about these animals, instructions on how to construct a life-size manatee, and a classroom activity on manatee sightings in Louisiana.
Native Fish in the Classroom
Native Fish in the Classroom is a multi-disciplinary classroom-based project for intermediate and middle school students. Classes involved in this project will rear paddlefish from eggs to fingerlings during the spring semester. The fingerlings will be returned to state personnel for tagging and release. This is a pilot project in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Sea Scope Folios/ Scope-On-A-Rope
SeaScope Folios are lesson plans on aquatic topics that incorporate the use of Scope-On-A-Rope technology, a video microscope. Lessons include: Looking for Ol' Crusty (crawfish), Trailing the Snail, Secrets of Sand, and Mosquitoes: Their Place on the Planet. Additional lessons are in preparation. This project is a collaborative project of the Undergraduate Biological Sciences Education Program Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the LSU Department of Biological Sciences - Socolofsky Microscopy Center, and LA Sea Grant.