My students need Refractometers, Seine Nets, and Minnow traps in order to explore different marshes and saltwater biomes!
When one drives along the Gulf of Mexico or an open ocean, they must wonder what's below the surface. I want my Marine Aquatics students to be able to find that out!
I have large classes, but I also have some of the best students on the coast.
We strive to investigate, discuss and dissect everything related to marine environments. My marine students always work very hard on their assignments, and they are more than deserving of a new set of nets for our beach field experiences. We are in a new school in the heart of the Gulf Coast. These students are very diverse in race, culture, and socioeconomic status, but as a class we come together to learn all of the aspects of a world with fish.
My students will be using the seine nets, traps, and refractometer's when leaving campus and exploring our aquatic ecosystems. These hands-on activities tend to break up the students' day and make them excited about coming to school. These activities build up anticipation , excitement, and greater understanding and interest in the field experiences. The students will use the seine nets and the minnow traps to collect potential fish specimens. We will be breaking into blocks (33 kids per block) and spending each class period categorizing the species and collecting them for our classroom aquariums. The students will be required to take water samples and record the different characteristics of the various biomes we have discussed so far this year. The seine nets and traps we currently have are old and torn; new nets will keep our animals from escaping! By building their excitement and anticipation and showing them new and exciting school-related activities, they will love more science!
As the students get out into the different ecosystems, they will have a better understanding of the strange and fascinating creatures in their water environments.
When it comes to diverse teaching methods in my classroom, I want my students to experience a visual, listening, and hands-on approach to learning. Conducting this project with the help of reinforcement material with make these students more well-rounded in marine science!
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