Cultivating Curiosity About Creatures: Using Crayfish To Investigate Physical And Behavioral Adaptations

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Rachel E. Wilson , Associate Professor (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Abstract: Bradbury and Wilson share how their fourth-grade students investigate the physical and behavioral adaptations of crayfish. Because crayfish are native to our area and many students have experience observing them in our local streams, we decided to use these organisms to explore the relationship between the structure of their various body parts and how those structures help the crayfish survive. We worked with the fourth-grade students over two days using a variety of modalities to support students' understanding of the connections between structure and function for the crayfish. Each of our lessons lasted approximately one hour and fifteen minutes but could have easily been broken into shorter segments over a larger number of days.

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Bradbury, L., & Wilson, R. (2019). CULTIVATING CURIOSITY ABOUT CREATURES. Science and Children, 56(8), 54-62. Publisher version of record available at:
Language: English
Date: 2019
Personality Traits, Grade 4, Animals, Science Instruction, Animal Behavior, Common Core State Standards, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Ecology

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