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The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Civics

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut, New York, Long Island

Conservation Projects

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Synopsis
  • In this article, students will read about seven Long Island Sound and Connecticut conservation projects conducted by The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
  • Students will learn about various conservation methods, including government policies, habitat building and restoration, species tagging and tracking, and public education.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is a great way for Connecticut students to learn about conservation efforts in their community.
  • Students will be left feeling hopeful and inspired by these conservation successes.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with what conservation is and why it is important.
  • There is an opportunity for students to get involved with the horseshoe crab conservation project by volunteering through the community science page.

Differentiation

  • Teachers can make cross-curricular connections with geography classes by discussing the many geographical features mentioned in the text, such as the Long Island Sound, Norwalk River Watershed, Norwalk Harbor, and Hudson Canyon.
  • Biology classes can use this resource when learning about biodiversity, habitat degradation and restoration, and human impacts on ecosystems.
  • Earth science classes can connect this resource to climate change, sea-level rise, erosion, and water pollution.
  • Social studies and civics classes can use this resource as an example of how organizations can advocate for law changes to support conservation and environmental protection.
  • Students can learn more about Save the Sound, one of the organizations mentioned under Long Island Sound Water Quality, by watching this video about one of the organization's environmental justice specialists.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Maritime Aquarium provides a brief overview of all the current conservation projects in Norwalk, Connecticut. Current efforts include research, restoration, conservation, and location-specific studies. This resource can enhance a classroom discussion about environmental protection.
Standards
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems
      • MS-ESS3-C.1. Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things. (MS-ESS3-3)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
    • LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans
      • HS-LS4-D.2. Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on biodiversity through overpopulation, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. Thus sustaining biodiversity so that ecosystem functioning and productivity are maintained is essential to supporting and enhancing life on Earth. Sustaining biodiversity also aids humanity by preserving landscapes of recreational or inspirational value. (secondary to HS-LS2-7), (HS-LS4-6)
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.12.6-8 Assess specific rules and laws (both actual and proposed) as means of addressing public problems.
      • D2.Civ.12.9-12 Analyze how people use and challenge local, state, national, and international laws to address a variety of public issues.
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