Answer key: A Classroom Underwater

Lesson Plan:  A Classroom Underwater!

II. While Reading Tasks


Word Inference

  1. concentrate |ˈkänsənˌtrāt|  verb [ no obj. ] focus one’s attention or mental effort on a particular object or activity: she couldn’t concentrate on the movie.
  2. species |ˈspēsēz, -SHēz| noun ( pl. same ) (abbr.: sp., spp. )Biology a group of living organisms consisting of similar individuals capable of exchanging genes or interbreeding. The species is the principal natural taxonomic unit, ranking below a genus and denoted by a Latin binomial, e.g., Homo sapiens.
  3. feisty y |ˈfīstē| adjective ( feistier, feistiest ) informal (of a person, typically one who is relatively small or weak) lively, determined, and courageous: a feisty heroine who’s more than a pretty face | a feisty upstart.
  4. internship |ˈinˌtərn| |-ˌSHip| noun a student or trainee who works, sometimes without pay, at a trade or occupation in order to gain work experience.
  5. donned  |dän| verb ( dons, donning , donned ) [ with obj. ] put on (an item of clothing): in the locker room the players donned their football jerseys.
  6. algae ga |ˈalgə| noun ( usu. in pl. algae |-jē|a simple nonflowering plant of a large group that includes the seaweeds and many single-celled forms. Algae contain chlorophyll but lack true stems, roots, leaves, and vascular tissue.
  7. gear |gi(ə)r| noun informal equipment that is used for a particular purpose. The divers had special gear for diving into the cold water.
  8. volunteers |ˌvälənˈtir|  noun (pl.) a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. The students are volunteers at the hospital.
  9. augment  |ôgˈment| [ with obj. ] verb make (something) greater by adding to it; increase: he augmented his summer income by painting houses.
  10. herbivorous |ˈ(h)ərbəˌvôr| noun-an animal that feeds on plants.

Source: New Oxford American Dictionary

Reading Comprehension

Sentence Match

Andrew Sutchen, 18, was keeping his head down, trying to ignore the fish.


“They kept biting my hair,” he said.


The fish — known as sergeant majors, one among the 40 tropical species.


The encounter was all part of an unusual internship.


They grow to only six inches, and their teeth are too small to do any harm.


Every other week over the past winter, diving students from the school have come out to the aquarium.


They donned their scuba gear.

2- scuba 

Fatima Moataz is  a 17-year-old senior from Downtown Brooklyn.


Glover’s Reef mimics the underwater world of Belize.


She has logged plenty of hours in the city’s waters.


 Grammar Focus

Structure and Usage

I.He was keeping his head down, trying to ignore the fish.

II.-It helps keep their skills fresh.

III.- The students have joined about 60 adult diving volunteers.


IV. Listening Activity   

Video Clip:  Scuba Diving in Brooklyn

 While Listening Activities

True /False/NA-Statements

  1. F-The tropical reef is located  in Brooklyn, New York.
  2. F-There are 9 high school seniors that are certified to dive.
  3. T-The aquarium is located  in Coney Island.
  4. T-One student stated that they could see the fish they usually saw in the Bahamas.
  5. F-New York City is completely surrounded by water.
  6. F-New York Harbor School is located on Governors Island.
  7. F-The students have been diving at the aquarium for a few months.
  8. T- The students clean the algae off the tank.
  9. F- Students often  interact with the public.
  10. T- Attendance for the aquarium class  is 100%.