Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2020 Lesson Plans
Grades: 6-8 Subjects: Life Science | Biology
How do scientists identify an unknown fish?
In this activity, students will utilize a dichotomous key to identify unknown fishes from the Chesapeake Bay and will then characterize their trophic levels based on feeding preferences and adaptations. Students will gain an understanding of organism classification, trophic level interactions, and how fishes may play different trophic roles throughout their lives.
Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, fish identification, Chesapeake Bay
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The 2019/2020 VA SEA project was made possible through funding from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Margaret Davidson Fellowship Program which supports graduate students in partnership with research reserves where fieldwork, research, and community engagement come together. VA SEA is currently supported by the Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Virginia Sea Grant, and the Virginia Institute of Marine Science Marine Advisory Program.
Martinez, J. (2020) Dichotomous Keys: An Essential Tool for Fish Detectives. VA SEA 2020 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. doi: 10.25773/xfnc-y386