The seafood industry in Louisiana is a vital part of its economy. Louisiana is the second-largest seafood producer and the largest commercial fishery in the contiguous United States. The selected lessons below were developed to describe how important this industry is for the state. These lessons contain information about the life cycle of the shrimp, the history of shrimping vessels, how the environment can impact seafood production, and regulations that are in place of fishing. Each lesson contains hands-on experiences for students to thrust them into the experience.
Life of a Shrimp
In this lesson, students will examine the life cycle of shrimp to determine how they develop. Students will then analyze how the shrimp fits into the ecosystem and the food web throughout the distinct stages of its life.
Measuring a Fish
Students will practice estimation and measuring using the appropriate tools (such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes) in this lesson. The students will solve comparison story problems involving different lengths of fish. Students will estimate the length of the fish before using their tools to make an exact measurement. According to the Louisiana Department of Education (2021), students are expected to be able to express the length of an object as a whole number of length units by laying multiple copies of a shorter object (the length unit) end to end. Students should also understand that the length measurement of an object is the number of same-size length units that span it with no gaps for overlaps.
The Evolution of Shrimping Vessels
This lesson will explore how shrimping vessels changed over time to meet the needs of shrimping production and how technology played a role in the changes. Throughout this lesson, students will discuss what changes have occurred over time and how these changes have impacted shrimp production. Lastly, students will analyze how these changes have affected the environment and the role they will continue to play.