Crazy About Crayfishby: Anna Endreny

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What breathes and eats in water, dramatically clamps down on students' pencils, carries eggs that hatch to produce many offspring, excites students tremendously, does not die easily and stinks up a classroom, and--most importantly--is able to teach students about habitats, adaptations, and inquiry investigations? The answer: crayfish.

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  • on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:35 PM

I think this an excellent article. This article mentions that crayfish are easy to keep. Thus crayfish would be an exciting and great addition to the classroom. Using crayfish would be an excellent way to teach students about animal habitats, adaptations, life cycles and even higher order thinking. The students in the article really seemed to enjoy learning about the crayfish through observation. So this would create an unforgettable experience for the students in the classroom. I also think this is a great hands on activity that would be perfect with Interactive Science Notebooks. The students could document their drawings, research and concept maps in their ISNs. The students could even take pictures of the different phases of the crayfish life cycle and place them in their Interactive Science Notebooks.

Michelle L
Michelle L

  • on Wed Jul 29, 2015 12:58 AM

This is a great match for the FOSS kit we use with our 3rd grades to teach about living structures. The kids love having the crayfish in our classroom.

Kari N
Kari N

  • on Tue Nov 08, 2011 7:53 PM

I really loved this article! Keeping crayfish in the classroom sounds like a great way to "teach" scientific inquiry. I know the students would love observing the crayfish in their habitat, and would also enjoy documenting and discussing what they see. If keeping crayfish is as easy as this article makes it seem, then I plan on implementing this in my classroom!

Jessica N
Jessica N

  • on Sun Jul 05, 2009 12:29 PM

Well written with lots of practical information.

Sheryl Schickedanz  (Keller, TX)
Sheryl Schickedanz (Keller, TX)

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