My students need an aquarium for animals they collect on their Marine Biology Field Trip. The student will use the tank to make behavioral observations.
The emphasis in my classroom is not on whether the students provided the right answer, but rather on the students asking the right questions. It is a student led inquiry into the Marine world, using the scientific method. Students work collaboratively on marine biology research projects.
The students are very inquisitive and eager to learn, and very self directed.
The school encourages and rewards curiosity. It stresses learning by using the expeditionary method of learning. Students work on projects, and are encourage to take actions based on what they learn. Our marine expedition will focus on the local nearby bay. It is one of the most diverse estuaries in the country with an amazing variety of marine life. They will learn by experiencing the local marine habitats by hands-on sampling and background research, and grapple with the threats facing bays habitats, animals and water quality and try to come up with possible solutions/actions to help restore damaged habitats and protect healthy ones.
The students will be able to bring some of the bays animals back to their classroom for further study by using the Marine Aquarium Kit. They will make long term observations about the interactions between different species, and between members of the same species. They will learn where the animals most like to be in the water column, if they tend to be more benthic or more pelagic. Do they like to hide or do they tend come out to defend their territories. They will also learn about how certain physical parameters are important to the animals health and welfare, by monitoring the salinity, dissolved oxygen, and pH of the water.
The students will get a first hand view of how animals live under the surface of their local backyard ocean and learn more about their ecology, adaptations, and behavior.
They will also learn about Aquarium maintenance to make sure the animals in captivity are kept in a healthy environment and are treated with respect. This will encourage students to want to learn more about the marine world and will spur them to take action to protect and preserve local marine habitats.Read More
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|Marine Aquarium Kit, Deluxe, 20 gal, without Animals • Carolina Biological Supply Company||$449.95||1||$449.95|
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