Crabby interactions: Fifth graders explore human impact on the blue crab population
Science & Children
Jeffery et al present a two-day lesson, which engages students in authentic scientific inquiry, uses the 5E inquiry-based learning cycle, and explicitly addresses science lab and interact directly with the blue crabs, an organism found in their coastal backyard, students were able to make a personal connection with this organism and learn important ecological concepts. Teachers can situate this lesson as an extension after discussions of organisms and environments: food webs and food chains, ecosystems, life processes that help organisms survive within their environments, animal behavior and adaptations, predator-prey relationships, the water cycle, and other models and systems. The activity is targeted for fifth grade, but modifications make it suitable for lower grade levels.
Jeffery, Tonya D.; McCollugh, Cherie A.; and Moore, Kim, "Crabby interactions: Fifth graders explore human impact on the blue crab population" (2016). Faculty Publications. 43.