Halibut Activity #1: Halibut Family Reunion
1. Student Resource: All About Halibut Distribute a copy of the Student Resource: All About Halibut to each student and show the Halibut Slide Show. More advanced students can also use the Internet Resources. Discuss the life history of the halibut.
What changes does this fish experience as it matures?
2. Student Resource: Halibut Hangouts
Distribute the Student Resource: Halibut Hangouts to small groups of students. Using the picture of the water column on the handout, have students annotate the water column with the following information about the animal.
Answers: See page 3 of the Student Resource.
3. Brainstorm Family Gatherings
4. Record Ideas/Create Comic Strip, Short Story or Skit
Now, challenge students to use their information, and the "laundry list" of family conversation topics, to write a comic strip, short story or skit about a halibut family reunion in Glacier Bay. Instruct students to:
Answer: Answers will vary. However, student work should contain all the details from their research in Steps 1 and 2.
5. Group Time
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