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Why Do Fish Matter?

student projects from "why do fish matter?" unit
School
Boynton Middle School
Grade
Sixth
Class
Science
Subjects
Science, with art and technology integration
Project: "Why Do Fish Matter?"

All sixth grade students at Boynton Middle School experience an extended project-based learning unit, "Why Do Fish Matter?" The purpose of this unit is to deepen student understanding of local water issues, offer them an opportunity to contribute to community citizen science projects, allow for choice and voice in the research and development of a topic, and provide a venue to share their new knowledge and passion about the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems, especially of our own Cayuga Lake waters.

"Why Do Fish Matter?" integrates the newest New York State Science, Art, and English Language Arts Learning Standards, as well as a strong focus on collaboration, creativity, and problem solving. Students create high quality scientific illustrations, engage in scientific practices of collecting samples using digital resources to creatively communicate findings, and present results and understanding in a public Celebration of Learning at Boynton Middle School.

This work is done in collaboration with Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine’s city and state-wide Fish Tracker Project, and has been supported by teacher grants from the Ithaca Public Education Initiative (IPEI).
Standards
NYS Science, Arts, and Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening Standards
Experts / Local Connections
Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine’s Fish Tracker Project
Fieldwork
Conducted at four different water locations around Ithaca/Cayuga Lake

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Sixth graders from Boynton Middle School engage in “Why Do Fish Matter?” case study Sixth graders from Boynton Middle School engage in “Why Do Fish Matter?” case study Sixth graders from Boynton Middle School engage in “Why Do Fish Matter?” case study
Sixth graders from Boynton Middle School engage in “Why Do Fish Matter?” case study Student artwork from "why do fish matter?" unit