Student will begin this project by working in groups to discuss how the shad fit into the ecosystems within and around the river and create a list of the animals that might interact with the shad.
Once the class has compiled a list of the possible animals that benefit from the shad life cycle, they will look at Audubon prints as well as field guides of the various animals to see how they are portrayed by different artists.
Students will choose one of the animals on the the shad interaction list and create their own 8x 10, double-sided, Species Field Guide which will be hand drawn and hand written.
Students will create and pesonalize their own nature journals and will document the process of raising fish eggs and releasing the fry into the river.
Group discussion requires that students understand the inderdependence of different groups of animals, birds and fish near the river ecosystem.
Student Species Field Guides show attention to detail and documentation of an animals life cycle and habitat.
Nature journaling encourages close observation, page composition, research skills, patience and practice
anadromous- Relating to fish, such as salmon or shad, that migrate up rivers from the sea to breed in fresh water
ecosystem- a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment
predator- an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals
prey- an animal that is hunted and killed by another for food.
paper for nature journals
watercolors and brushes