Mrs. Risden's 6th grade class welcomed a presentation from ReClam the Bay. Former sixth grade teacher, Chris West & colleagues, taught the class about the importance of shellfish in the Barnegat Bay Estuary.
The students rotated to three different interactive stations. At Mr. West's station, the students talked about erosion and ways to prevent erosion. They also learned about alternate structures to replace bulkheads and promote natural habitats.
Mr. Volz presented the students with a variety of aquatic species. Students viewed and learned about spider crabs, whelks, horseshoe crabs, moon snails, live minnows, live black tip crab, and live grass shrimp. Did you know horseshoe crabs have been alive for over 500 million years? Their blood is also used to make medicine!
Mr. Vivas worked at a station where students measured oysters and clams. They found the average length of the shellfish and figured out the correct amount of salinity in the water, bay water, and ocean water based on the salinity of water samples.
We will help the effort to "RECLAM" the bay by raising our own group of oysters and clams in the clssroom. Students will maintain the tank by feeding the shellfish, measuring growth, and monitor the salinity of the saltwater.
Thank you to Chris West, Frank Vivas, Marty Volz, and Sharon Calucci for the fun!