As keystone species, sharks are vital to the ocean ecosystem. With this lesson, using the 5E method (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, Evaluate) students explore animal migration, specifically using the example of Blacktip sharks. Students will dive into an ongoing research mystery examining where Blacktip sharks go and how their numbers are changing, and why blacktips are important to the Gulf of Mexicos ecosystem, and what they can do to try to increase the species declining numbers.
Objectives & learning outcomes
The learner will explore facts about sharks in order to learn about the migration of Blacktip sharks and explore reasons why the population numbers of migrating sharks are decreasing