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ERIC Number: EJ1129293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
On the Half Shell: An Introduction to Oysters and Their Unique Structures and Function
Frederick, J. Adam; Haines, Sarah; Romano, Christina; Takacs, Jacqueline
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v54 n1 p18-27 2017
The eastern oyster, "Crassostrea virginica," is an ecologically and economically important species in Chesapeake Bay. Oysters are ecologically unique in the Chesapeake Bay because they build a structure known as a bar or reef by attaching to one another over a 45 long period of time. They have been coined the "Ecological Engineers of the Bay". The main purpose of this activity is to investigate 5 uniquely designed organs of the eastern oyster ("Crassostrea virginica"). Emphasis is placed on two organs, the mantle and gills, and their ability to construct a pair of shells and to remove suspended materials from the water. Age-appropriate activities can be identified and performed in the elementary classroom that inspire inquiry and a better awareness of the relationship between structure and function and its importance for both the individual organism and the ecosystem in which it lives.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A