Educator Spotlight: Raising Trout in the Classroom

Julie Stanley secured a grant from Trout in the Classroom for a year-long project that provided her sixth-graders the opportunity to observe fish growth and become involved in the protection of trout populations and habitats. Students also gained hands-on experience with water quality testing and tank maintenance. Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Raising Trout in the Classroom

Scientists Discover New Species of Shark

SCIENCE Genetic research helps uncover the Atlantic sixgill shark. (National Geographic) Are there any shark sanctuaries in the species range of the newly identified species? Use today’s MapMaker Interactive map to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit, including a link to today’s MapMaker Interactive map. Discussion Ideas So, tell us about the species of shark described … Continue reading Scientists Discover New Species of Shark

Your Tooth Enamel Might Have Started As Fish Scales

SCIENCE Your pearly white smile has a fishy origin story. And no, we’re not referring to your overuse of tooth whitening products. Actual fish were involved, millions of years ago. (Popular Science) How do teeth help identify people’s origins? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas The Popular Science article says enamel is only found in … Continue reading Your Tooth Enamel Might Have Started As Fish Scales

Finding Out about Dory: 5½ Facts on the Blue Tang

SCIENCE While you’re sitting around waiting for the movie start, here are 5½ facts you can drop about Dory’s species, the blue tang. (Mental Floss) How do scientists study blue tangs? With coral reef surveys like this one. Educators, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas 1. Blue tangs aren’t always blue, and they’re not always tangs. … Continue reading Finding Out about Dory: 5½ Facts on the Blue Tang

Fishy Situation

ENVIRONMENT Thousands of goldfish have taken over a lake in Colorado. (Boulder Camera) Get an introduction to invasive species with our activity. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Read through our activity “Introduction to Invasive Species.” Apply its questions to the fish in Teller Lake. What type of fish are “taking over” Teller Lake? Trick … Continue reading Fishy Situation