Virginia Institute of Marine Science
VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans
This lesson plan invites students and teachers to ponder the question: How many blue crabs are in the Chesapeake Bay, and where do we find them? Through hands-on activities and the use of real data, students will discover the excitement and grapple with the challenges faced by marine scientists as they try to quantify the use of different habitats by marine animals and estimate the size of marine animal populations.
Blue Crabs, Secondary Education, Lesson Plans, Marine Science
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This lesson was developed in alignment with the 2010 Virginia Department of Education’s Science Standards of Learning.
This work is sponsored by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System Science Collaborative, which supports collaborative research that addresses coastal management problems important to the reserves. The Science Collaborative is funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the University of Michigan Water Center.
Pfirrmann, B. W. (2017) Counting Blue Crabs in the Bay! Subjects: Life Science / Biology, Environmental Science, Marine / Ocean Science Grade Level: 6-8. VA SEA 2017 Lesson Plans. Virginia Institute of Marine Science, William & Mary. https://doi.org/10.21220/V58Q7R