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Meeting National and Delaware Science Education Standards

The University of Delaware Sea Grant College Program offers a variety of publications and audiovisuals that teachers can use to instruct their students in disciplines ranging from marine and aquatic science to language arts. The following provides teachers with detailed information on how specific resources meet the National Science Education Standards and the Delaware Science Education Standards.

HSC modelThe Horseshoe Crab Model. This life-sized paper model, to cut out and assemble with tape, is a great activity for 4th graders and up. It includes background on the horseshoe crab and a crossword puzzle to test readers' knowledge. Copies are free to Delaware educators for classroom use. All others pay $1 per copy. Discounts are available for bulk orders. For more information, contact the UD Environmental Public Education Office at (302) 831-8083 or marinecom@udel.edu.

An essential part of meeting National and State Science Education Standards is to engage students in activity-based learning. The Horseshoe Crab Model, by providing a hands-on activity for students in grades 5–8, meets the "Science as Inquiry," "Life Science," and "Science and Technology" content standards set forth in the National Science Education Standards (National Academy of Sciences, 1996).

With a little imagination, teachers can adapt the natural history facts that provide background for the model to additional classroom activities that meet the national science standards.

For the state specific standard correlations: State Standards Horseshoe Crab Model

National Science Content Standards

  • Understandings about scientific inquiry
  • Motions and forces (crab's telson movement and swimming behavior)
  • Structure and function in living systems
  • Reproduction and heredity
  • Regulation and behavior
  • Populations and ecosystems
  • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
  • Earth's history (crab lived on Earth before the dinosaur)
  • Abilities of technological design
  • Understandings about science and technology Natural hazards (overharvesting of the crab and need for protection)
  • Science and technology in society (medical uses for chitin and lystate) History and nature of science (Native American life)

The Dogfish Shark Model. This paper model, to cut out and assemble with tape, is a great activity for 4th graders and up. It includes background on the dogfish shark and a crossword puzzle to test readers' knowledge. Copies are free to Delaware educators for classroom use. All others pay $1 per copy. Discounts are available for bulk orders. For more information, contact the UD Environmental Public Education Office at (302) 831-8083 or marinecom@udel.edu.

For the state specific standard correlations: State Standards Dogfish Shark Model

The Bottlenose Dolphin. Full-color, six-page publication highlights the evolution, behavior, anatomy and physiology, predators, and concerns facing this marine mammal. Includes information on how to use the bulletin to meet Delaware State and National Education Standards. Photocopies only. For more information, contact the UD Environmental Public Education Office at (302) 831-8083 or marinecom@udel.edu.

The Delaware Geographic Alliance also provides many classroom materials and lessons that you can download free of charge.

For more information, please contact Chris Petrone, Marine Education Specialist, University of Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, at (302) 645-4308, or by email at petrone@udel.edu.

 

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