Catching the Wandering Eel
In this lesson, students will pretend they are eel fisherfolk—they will need to decide when, using historical records and real-time data, to set their nets to catch the either leaving adults or the returning juveniles. Students will gather the historic data on salinity from charts and read current water quality parameters, particularly salinity, dissolved oxygen, and temperature, from graphs. Datasets from NOAA, NERRS and USFWS will be used in this activity. Graph reading and real time data collecting skills will be developed. Cross discipline opportunities with math, geography and local history are anticipated.
Authors: Rhana Paris, Sara Hallas, Beth Marass; EARTH 2012