Sammy’s Corner

Teacher Resources:

Oyster Life Cycle and Facts Poster
The Oyster Life Cycle and Facts Poster can be hung in classrooms to help students learn many interesting facts about oysters.

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Oyster Life Cycle and Facts Poster

Oyster Activity Book
The Oyster Activity Book includes a word search, crossword puzzle, and is a coloring book!

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Oyster Recycling Activity Book

Oyster Biology and Ecology Curriculum Guide
The purpose of this curriculum is to help the students learn more about how shells are made by animals and the protection the shells provide for these animals. Students will also examine shell collections and learn how scientists classify animals.

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Oyster Biology and Ecology Curriculum Guide

 

The Copano/Aransas Estuary Curriculum Guide
The purpose of this curriculum is to teach students about estuaries and watersheds and for the students to become familiar with the geography of the Copano/Aransas Bay region.

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The Copano/Aransas Estuary Curriculum Guide

 

Oyster Activities
The Texas State Aquarium has created short oyster activities you can use in the classroom. Each lesson teaches students the basics on how to measure and calculate, interpret data from various graphs and how to research relevant literature. Click on the titles below to download each one.

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Treasures of the Deep – learn how to identify historical and literary references to pearls

Salt of the Sea – learn how to interpret data from a pie graph

Old Age Oysters  – learn how to interpret data from a line graph

Oysters by the Pound – learn how to interpret data from a bar graph

Pale, Poetic Pearls – learn how to estimate lengths in millimeters

The Fantastic Filter – learn how to use addition, multiplication and division to interpret marine data

 

Oyster Lesson Plan #1
The purpose of this lesson plan is to demonstrate the importance of oysters to water quality. The lesson plan defines six main objectives and materials are listed within.

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Oyster Lesson Plan #1 (PDF)

 

Oyster Lesson Plan #2
The purpose of this lesson plan is to demonstrate an oyster’s ability to filter food out of the water. The plan begins with learning about the anatomy of an oyster followed by an activity where students draw and cut out an oyster.

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Oyster Anatomy Lesson Plan #2

 

The Great Oyster Mystery

Map courtesy of NERRS

Oysters are a valuable part of estuary ecosystems. They help purify the water and control erosion. Oyster reefs provide habitat for numerous other species. However, oysters can also be an “indicator species.” Like a canary in a coal mine, oyster health and oyster abundance can tell us about changing conditions in an estuary.

A few years ago, something odd happened to the oysters in Mission-Aransas Estuary in south Texas, a valuable oyster-growing area. In the first half of 2007, young oyster populations within the estuary’s Copano Bay and Aransas Bay were normal. But then, the numbers of young oysters mysteriously decreased, only to dramatically increase again the next year. To oyster researchers, this was a mystery. Now you can look at some of the data researchers used to solve the Great Oyster Mystery.

 

This curriculum was developed and produced for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS).

Visit the website below to download the lesson plan and exercises.
http://estuaries.noaa.gov/Teachers/oyster-mystery.aspx