'Day in the Life of the Hudson River' Lesson Plans

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Lesson Plans Based on 'A Day in the Life' Data

All Ages 3-5 grade 4-7 grade Middle School High School Annual Activity Sheets

Lesson plans using data students collect themselves can be exciting! Below you will find several lesson plans based on our A Day in the Life activities and results sorted by grade from elementary to high school. These activities are a great way to prepare for your annual A Day in the Life event, or to wrap up after the event. Many of these activities can be updated by replacing the data used with current year data. More Hudson River focused lesson plans developed by the Hudson River Estuary Program.

 

Curriculum Title

Teacher Background

Grade Level

newDay in the Life 'Definitions'

Review with your students some of the key vocabulary from this event BEFORE you venture out to the river

Newly added 2011for teachers
Adaptable to all ages
predict

updated Predictions Worksheet

A pre-event activity for A Day in the Life'. We encourage students to complete this predictions worksheet in order to consider the different parameters they will be measuring at their study site. After the event students compare their data to their predictions!

Teacher Background & Directions

Adaptable to all ages
salt wedge

updatedData Visualization Hudson River Salinity 2008- Dry Fall River Salinity 2009 - Wet Fall

In these two 'Data Visualization" activities salinity data collected on two Day in the Life events are marked on an estuary map. Students color and interpret the map according to the data - teacher notes point out some discussion points..

Teacher Background

Consult the Teacher Background information for how to split your students into two groups to enhance this activity.

Adaptable to all ages

Compare Fish Catches at 3 locations in the estuary - does salt affect the catch?

Look at data from a summer workshop & place the fish in the right salinity - pdf version.

Uses Venn diagrams download ppt version

All Ages
fishfaces

newFish Above & Below the Salt Front

Examine data from the 2010 A Day in the Life Event to assess salinity preferences of fish in the Hudson River.

 
All ages
flooding

Track the Salt Front

Use word problems to interpret graphs and maps to interpret data on the interactions between salt water and fresh water.

Teacher Background
3-5 Grades
seining

Fish Communities

Uses tables and graphs to interpret organized observations and measurements from fish seining data from A Day in the Life.

Teacher Background
3-5 Grades
harbor

From the Mountain to the Sea

A background reading on the geography and natural history of the Hudson River followed by data based questions to assess understanding for an English Language Skills activity.

 
3-5 Grades
seining


Locating the Salt Front with Salinity Data

Look at data from A Day in the Life to determine where the Salt Front was for the day

Teacher Background
4-7 Grades
fishimage


Fish Distribution

Look at fish seining data from A Day in the Life to examine fish habitats and behavior

Teacher Background

4-7 Grades

tidegage

Hudson Ups and Downs

Examine tides and tidal cycles. This activity uses graphs and charts from the Hudson River Ecological Observing System (HRECOS) a network of real time monitoring stations in the Hudson River.

Teacher Background
Middle School
ship traffic

Multiplication/Division with Shipping Data

Use real data from Snapshot Day ship travel to calculate speed of transit and more

Teacher Background
Middle School
seining

Designing a Study

Scientific Method - Oh that! Look at how setting up a study can determine what you learn, and how useful it is

Teacher Background
Middle School & High School
seine

Testing the Salt Front Model

Thisactivity explores two questions: (1) In the absence of technical models, what biological indicators of the salt front might we rely on? (2) How do ‘Day in the Life’ student-collected data compare to USGS model results? You will need the Salt and the Fish datasheets: Salinity Data & Fish Data

Teacher Background High School
salt front graph

Graphing the Salt Front Activity

Examining data for a 12 month period, see how the salt front moves in the river

Teacher Background

High School Middle School

data review

Interpreting Your Data Worksheet

Useful for field discussion or analysis on how to look at the data you collected

Teacher Background
High School Middle School

(Activities provided in pdf format - If free downloadable software for viewing is needed please click on the adobe icon)