Archive for the ‘Blue Crabs’ Category

Thanks to everyone for a successful first class! We had a great time and I loved the insect body part song  and mucking around for aquatic invertebrates!

Just a friendly reminder, PLEASE REMEMBER TO ARRIVE ON TIME, I will be closing the doors of the class 10  minutes after class starts, after that time (and for safety/disruption purposes) we ask that students do not enter.

Please note: the time for classes on Wednesday afternoons for the 8-12 yr. olds is from 1:30-3 pm. It was posted at 2:30 pm in the online registration. The class is 1.5 hours long.

For those of you in the Ecosystems on the Edge Block of classes here is the “Blue Crabs in Peril” class prep material for September25th and 26th:

Blue Crabs In Peril: Student Pre-Class Resources

bluecrabmegaBlue Crab Larvae under microscope.


  • Arthropod
  • Molt
  • Decapod
  • Exoskeleton
  • Brackish
  • Omnivore

 For All Ages:

http://www.serc.si.edu/education/resources/bluecrab/ Start by cruising around all the pages from SERC all about blue crabs. Click on the different pages listed on the yellow navigation bar on the left hand-side of the page.

http://www.serc.si.edu/education/resources/bluecrab/ Be sure to visit the SERC Blue Crab Lab research page and watch the 4 minute video about the research that our researchers conduct here.

http://shapeoflife.org/video/behavior/arthropods-blue-crab-molting (2:14) This is a neat short video about how a blue crab molts its shell.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJUG8UvY-lk  (1:14) Here is a short National Geographic video about blue crabs feeding on clams. Notice the crab’s mouth parts and how it uses its claws.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6O1Yfpks1I  (1:12) Watch this short piece about how baby arthropods are released into the water, in particular a lobster and blue crab larvae.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFe3cZLuhUs (3:41) a funny catchy video about arthropods.

13-16 yr. old Class: Documentary Making

Homework that was assigned for last class included reading a packet about how to write a script and a rough outline that students are to bring to class, for preproduction, to discuss ideas for their documentaries.

Students may bring their own laptop, e-book, or smart tablet to class for the duration of class, however we will be asking that phones only be used for data or recording and not for personal use.

RIDE SHARE: I have two students that need a ride share to PG County Community College, off of 214, after the student documentary class. If you can help please e-mail me for details (McDonaldK@si.edu).

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