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Sea Otter Biologist

Sea Otter Biologist Activity Book
This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8-to
12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30-to 45-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order. Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

Table of Contents

Otters in Action /ACTIVITY ONE
Watch a video about biologist Brenda Ballachey, then observe sea otters and record their behavior.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of animal behavior and learn to collect, analyze, interpret and display data.

Kelp Critters /ACTIVITY TWO
Make a kelp forest community in your classroom.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the characteristics of living things and ecosystems.

Fragile Waters /ACTIVITY THREE
Learn about the Exxon Valdez oil spill and conduct three oil investigations.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of natural hazards and environmental changes, and learn to collect and organize data and interpret their findings.

Otter Smorgasbord /ACTIVITY FOUR
Investigate how much food a sea otter pup needs to eat during the first year of life.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn to collect data, calculate, and solve mathematical problems using the data, and interpret and communicate their findings.

Tracking Otters /ACTIVITY FIVE
Discover how scientists track sea otters,and then try it yourself.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn to use simple tools to gather scientific data and extend the senses.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who works with sea otters.
Learning Outcomes: Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas you might like to use for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of science and technology in society and of science as a human endeavor.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
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