It’s not easy being fishy

This lesson was designed for high school students to learn more about population dynamics, ecosystems, and resource management by looking at how marine resources are managed here in Hawaii. It was adapted from a Curriculum Teacherʻs guide from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. At the end of the unit, students will be tasked with finding a way to spread awareness for some of the issues that they have found in their research throughout the unit.
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o, International Society for Technology in Education

Community Partner(s)


Essential Question

What should our community be doing to ensure that marine resources will be there for the next generation?

Enduring Understanding

  • Ecosystems are dynamic in nature, that resources are finite and need to be managed in a sustainable way.
  • That management of species is complex and involves understanding that different groups of people have different value systems.

Learner Level High School

Primary Content Science, Social Studies, Math