Review: Guppies is part of MMAP, a math curriculum funded by the National Science Foundation. This unit explores the breeding and feeding habits of a guppy population. Students can maintain an aquarium or use software to study a virtual population. The unit is designed to develop data organization and communications skills, as well as to offer practical applications for calculators and computer software applications.
Other Information: Guppies is available from Institute for Research on Learning, 66 Willow Pl,. Menlo Park, CA 94025. Call 650-687-7949, fax 650-687-7957.
I feel the most effective way for students to learn is by "Process, Process, Process" and "Model, Model, Model."This project provided that by involving the students in every aspect of raising trout and releasing them from start to finish.
Perhaps the most suitable animals for any classroom from K-12, are fish residing in a fresh water aquarium. Ornamental aquarium fish provide a range of science projects from the early grades with very simple lesson plans to more complex middle and high school lessons which include math, chemistry, physics and accurate record keeping. In addition to science projects, aquariums lend themselves to a range of art, literature, behavior and geography lessons.
How can we help our students to develop an understanding of and a respect for animals? What is the best way to study the amazing creatures we call animals? I am firmly convinced the answer lies in providing students opportunities to investigate common live animals and to interact with them within a classroom setting.