Lesson Plans by Grade Level

Grades K-2

Animals of the Sea

 Grade K
Description: Students will use basic characteristics to describe ocean animals.

Big Idea: Species Identification

Standards: SC.K.L.14.1, SC.K.L.14.2, SC.K.L.14.3, SC.K.N.1.2, SC.K.N.1.4

Animals fish july 13
Natural World hike july 15

Exploring the Natural World

Grades K-1

Description: This lesson will aid students in making observations about nature all around them in their daily lives!

Big Idea: Scientific Observation

Standards: SC.K.L.14.1, 3, SC.K.N.1.2, SC.K.N.1.3, SC.K.N.1.4, SC.K.N.1.5, SC.1.L.14.1, 2, SC. 1.E.5.3, SC.1.N.1.2, SC.1.N.1.3

Coastal Observations

Grade 1

Description: Put on your boots and let’s head into the marsh! This lesson will introduce students to the salt marsh ecosystem and the adaptations animals and plants need in order to survive there.

Big Idea: Diversity within ecosystems

Standards: SC.1.L.14.1, SC.1.N.1.2, TH.1.F.1.1, VA., VA.1.S.3.3

Coastal Explorers
Field Guide 2021-07-15 at 12.06.52 PM

Biologist Field Guide

Grade 2

Description: Students will use field guides to identify common species in their environment.

Big Idea: Scientific Observation

Standards: SC.2.N.1.2, SC.2.L.17.1, 2, SC.2.N.1.1

Grades 3-5

All About Algae

Grade 3

Description: Grab your microscopes and get ready to learn all about algae! Students will be able to describe the process of photosynthesis and what plants require from their environment to live.

Big Idea: Plant characteristics and function

Standards: SC.3.L.14.1, SC.3.L.14.2, SC.3.L.17.2, SC.3.N.1.2, SC.3.N.1.3

Water contamination. Green weed in sea water close up
SOS Photo from Ashley - a biologist in NE Florida

Save Our Seas

Grade 4

Description: Marine debris is one of the biggest problems our ocean faces today. In this lesson, students will learn where marine debris comes from, and what they can do to be a part of the solution to pollution!

Big Idea: Interdependence

Standards: SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.N.1.1, SC.4.N.3.1, SC.4.P.10.4, SC.35.CS-CS.1.2

Let’s Talk Trash

Grades 3-5

Description: Introducing marine debris including how it gets to our oceans and what effect it has on our marine ecosystems.

Big Idea: Interdependence

Standards: SC.5.L. 15.1, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.4.N.1.8, SC.35.CS-CS.1.2

Marine debris 2017
Citrus 12.14.2019 (2)

Amazing Adaptations

Grade 5

Description: Defining and characterizing physical and behavioral adaptations of marine organisms

Big Idea: Diversity and Evolution

SC.5.L. 14.2, SC.5.L.17.2, SC.5.L.15.1

Grades 6-8

Swimming Turtle

Signals from the Sea

Grade 7

Description: Students will learn about our satellite tagging research at LMC and use real data to interpret graphs and make observations!

Big Idea: The Practice of Science

Standards: SC.7.N.1.1, SC.7.N.1.3, SC.7.N.1.4, SC.7.N.1.5, SC.7.N.1.6, SC.7.N.1.7

Lesson written by LMC extern, Amelia Homan, through the School District of Palm Beach County's Externship Program

Diversity of Living Organisms

Grade 6

Description: Students will learn how biologists classify different marine animals using the taxonomy system!

Big Idea: Species Diversity

Standards: SC.6.L.15.1, SC.6.N.1.4, SC.6.N.3.4, CTE-AFNR.68.GENRL.11.03

Sea Grass manatee and sea grass

Seagrass Restoration

Grade 7

Description: Seagrasses provide many benefits to Florida’s shorelines, but are also vulnerable to different ecosystem stresses. Students will take a dive along Florida’s coast to learn all about restoration efforts for these habitats.

Big Idea: Vulnerable Florida Ecosystems

Standards: SC.7.E.6.6, SC.7.N.1.1, SC.7.L.17.3, CTE-AFNR.68.GENRL.11.03