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June 23, 2020

Lesson plans to help you instruct and inform your students about Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon.

We have created a number of lesson plans to help you instruct and inform your students concerning Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon. The lesson plans are organized by subject and range from grades 3 through 12. The lessons are not labeled by grade, because they can all be adapted to fit your classroom's needs. Each subject list starts with the most basic (elementary-middle) lessons and ends with the most advanced (middle-high school) lessons.

Within each lesson plan you will find an overview of the lesson, objectives, background, necessary materials, procedures, conclusions, and the applicable learning standards.


Lesson Plan Topic Summary
1 Ecosystem in Danger Students will be able to:
• Identify that Atlantic sturgeon live in the ocean.
• Explain several reasons why the ocean is in trouble and how we can help.
• Create a concept map linking how humans, Atlantic sturgeon, and the ocean are connected.
2 Humans and Sturgeon: Great Debate Historical human impact on sturgeon populations
3 Sturgeon Life Cycle Students will be able to:
• Recognize that Atlantic sturgeon go through predictable life cycles that include birth, growth, development, reproduction, and death.
• Correctly order the stages of an Atlantic sturgeon’s life cycle.
• Correctly label the stages of the Atlantic sturgeon’s life cycle.
• Create a life cycle poster with the life cycle pictures in the correct order and accurately labeled.
4 Wampanoag Indians, MCAS Practice/Test Writing Strategies 

Students will be able to:
• Identify specific aspects of the Wampanoag way of life.
• Use the strategy of context clues to figure out the meaning of certain vocabulary words within the text.
• Answer multiple choice, short answer, and open response questions accurately using their knowledge of Atlantic sturgeon, the Wampanoag culture, and the included article.
• Use Turn The Question Around (TTQA) to start their open response and short answer questions.

5 Commercial Fisheries Gear Types Fishing methods: nets
6 Sturgeon Sampling Methods Tagging, tissue sampling, and gastric lavage of sturgeon



Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 07/09/2020