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School District:Lake Preston
Unit of Study Title:Identifying Freshwater Fish Species in South Dakota
Grade Level:9-12
Time Frame:2 Weeks
Key Words:Freshwater Fish, Natural Resources, Fishing
Unit Designer:Pete Nielson
Unit Designer
Date Added:6/14/2002 11:51:03 AM
Date Last Revised:6/14/2002 11:51:03 AM
Topic Area:Science
Peer Reviewer:Mark Birkel
Peer Reviewer

Brief Summary of Unit: Students will identify the different types of freshwater fish species found in South Dakota in order to understand the importance of the fishing industry to South Dakota, along with fishing regulations and laws. This lesson will allow students to take an in depth look at the identification details and habitat of fish species.
Students will Understand: Students will have an understanding of proper fish identification and fishing regulations for South Dakota.

Link to Standards #1

Students will describe structures and attributes of living things, processes of life, and interaction of living things with each other and the environment.
Students will identify and evaluate the relationships and ethical implications of science, upon technology, environment, and society.

Indicator:Indicator 1: Analyze various implications/effects of scientific advancement within the environment and society.

Indicator 2: Analyze relationships/interactions among science, technology, environment, and society.

Benchmark(s):analyze how progress in science can be affected by social issues and challenges.
analyze roles and responsibilities of scientific research in relation to environmental concerns.

analyze the relationship between human activity and the environment.
Other Content Standards:Social Studies - Students will understand the interrelationships of people, places, and the environment. Students will understand the historical development and contemporary role of governmental power and authority. Students will understand the impact of economics on the development of societies and on current and emerging national and international situations.

English - Students will write effectively for different audiences and specific purposes.

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Essential Questions to Guide this Unit and Focus Teaching and Learning: How can a knowledge of freshwater fish habitat and species help students to be aware of fishing regulations? How can students be more conscious of issues surrounding the fishing industry in South Dakota and its financial impact?
Key Knowledge and Skills Students will Acquire: Students will know the differences in freshwater fish species. Students will be able to understand appropriate fish habitat. Students will know appropriate fishing regulation in South Dakota. Students will be able to explore the relevance of the game and fish industry to South Dakota.
Assessment Plan: Assessment will take place through a fish report rubric, online habitat quiz utilizing the quizstar program, and a final quiz utilizing powerpoint technology.
Learning Activities: First, students will be reading from Burton's text, pages 312-329 in order to get the background on freshwater fish. Next, studens will conduct a websearch through the use of a study guide to understand some of the main components of each species of fish. Following the websearch, students will be required to choose one of the freshwater fish species to produce an indepth report on that particular species. Each student will also participate in an online quiz dealing with fish habitat. Finally, students will use a powerpoint quiz to review the materials.
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Adapted from the the work of Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins. Understanding by
Design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Alexandria, VA. 1998.

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