Native Fish in the Classroom
Teacher’s Guide & Lesson Plans
All of the lesson plans are available in PDF format. To read these files you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
The Teacher’s Guide & Lesson Plans may be downloaded either as one complete file, or in sections as outlined below.
|Acknowledgements & Introduction|
|Section 1 : Background Information|
|Biology of the Paddlefish, Characteristics, Spawning, Feeding, Range, Habitat, Causes of Population Decline, Caviar Industry, Conservation|
|Aquatic Invasive Species|
|Roles of Hatcheries|
|• What is a Hatchery? Why are Hatcheries Important? Booker Fowler Fish Hatchery|
|Section 2 : Aquarium Setup and Maintenance|
|Equipment for Aquarium Setup and Maintenance, Aquarium Setup, Logbook, Water Quality Monitoring, How to Change the Water, Vacuuming, Incubation Jar Setup, Fry Basket/Nursery Setup, Feeding, How to Use the Automatic Feeder, Daphnia spp. Setup, Problem Solving|
|Section 3 : Appendices|
|Appendix I: Lesson Plans|
|• My Fish Ride a (Nitrogen) Cycle|
|General Information on Paddlefish|
|• Snagging Paddlefish Information
• Critical Conditions for Paddlefish Spawning
• How Old Is that Fish?
|Effects on Paddlefish Populations|
|• Extirpated? Don’t You Mean Extinct?
• What a Nuisance!
• Do Dams Affect the Paddlefish Population?
|Paddlefish Growth, Development and Behavior|
|• How Fast Do Paddlefish Grow?
• Comparing Eggs and Embryos
• Life Cycles of the Wet and Wiggly
• Pass the Water Fleas, Please
|Appendix II : References|
|Appendix III : Louisiana Learning Standards, Grade Level Expectations Matrix for Lesson Plans and Definitions of Louisiana Learning Standards|
|Appendix IV : Glossary|
|Appendix V : Paddlefish Status Chart, Fry Diagram, Aquatic Hours Sheet and Water Quality Monitoring Log (1.05MB PDF)|