Bay Studies take Third Grade Classes to Annapolis Maritime Museum

It’s was all about the bay as the Class of 2028 enjoyed boat building, identifying oyster reef animals, dress-up as a fisherman & hand tonging, and oyster dissection at the Annapolis Maritime Museum on Wednesday, November 28.

The Indian Creek third grade classes braved the cold to enjoy the Museum's hands-on, inquiry based exploration of the Chesapeake Bay. Students participated in a variety of stations about bay life, including boat building, identifying oyster reef animals, dress-up as a fisherman & hand tonging, and oyster dissection. In the Oyster Dissection station, students learned about the four systems that Eastern Oyster Anatomy Oysters have in common with humans: Skeletal, Digestive, Muscular, and Circulatory.  They learned that oysters like to eat plankton, and discovered how oysters use their tentacles to move plankton through the oyster to the mouth and into the stomach. They then identified the mouth, stomach and rectum, tentacles and heart.  Other lessons covered the lifecycle of a oyster, and the roles and responsibilities of a waterman. The Boat Building station challenged students to build a boat which can hold the most oysters. Using foil and duct tape, students built floating vessels of their own.

Thank you to the Annapolis Maritime Museum for a fun-filled lesson on Chesapeake Bay ecology!
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