Mapping Fish Habitats

Grades 6—8

Written by Katharine Barrett and Cary Sneider

Students learn about and apply the field-mapping techniques of aquatic biologists as they chart the movements of fish in a classroom aquarium. They plan experiments to determine the effects of an environmental change on the home ranges of the fish.

Students apply a useful technique to map the movements of individual fish as they feed, defend themselves, and establish their territory within the aquarium.

Time: Three 30- to 45-minute sessions plus time for daily observations and follow-up sessions.

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 Fish Habitats

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