Horseshoe Crab Resources for the Classroom
Horseshoe Crab Resources for the Classroom
Interested in bringing horseshoe crab education to your classroom? Then look no further- we have compiled everything you need to teach about horseshoe crabs, including fun activities, educational videos, and additional resources.
**Coming Fall 2021**
New horseshoe crab videos for the classroom, featuring local Delaware River and Bay area scientists, resource managers, and more! We’ll use the horseshoe crab to make connections to other living creatures, stewardship opportunities and biomedical research.
Stay tuned for more information on our Kickoff Event! Learn more about the video series and what resources are available at our kickoff webinar this fall! As a thank you for attending, all webinar participants will receive a plush horseshoe crab, everything you need to play Crab Grab, and additional program supplies!
Crab Grab Game, DNREC: Test your students’ knowledge with this matching game. Using individual cards, match the horseshoe crab’s body parts with their corresponding location on diagrams of the animal from above and below.
3-D Horseshoe Crab Model, Delaware Sea Grant: Sign up to receive a free 3-D Paper model of a horseshoe crab to put together with students. Great for those 4th grade and up.
Build a Horseshoe Crab: For younger students, let them cut out and build their own 2-D model of a horseshoe crab and learn some fun facts along the way.
Meet a Living Fossil, Delaware River Festival: Travel to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey as the Center for Aquatic Sciences shows off a live horseshoe crab. Learn about their eyes, legs, gills, and where they live.
What Lies Beneath? Horseshoe Crabs: Humble Healers: Enjoy this recording of part 3 of the What Lies Beneath webinar series from PDE that explores horseshoe crabs. Hear from Glenn Gauvry and Allen L. Burgenson about the conservation of this species and the science behind these special creatures.
Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey: Take a trip in person or virtually to the Adventure Aquarium to see live animals and learn about aquatic habitats.
Delaware Bay Horseshoe Crab Survey: Participate in a horseshoe crab survey by helping researchers count spawning crabs every year on the shores of the Delaware Bay. Sites are located in New Jersey and Delaware.
Delaware Center for Inland Bays: Join in a horseshoe crab survey volunteer event during May and June along the shores of the Delaware Inland Bays. Help researchers count spawning horseshoe crabs to get a better understanding of population trends in the area.
Take a Trip to the Beach: While on a field trip to see horseshoe crabs at the beach, there are plenty of opportunities for students to learn while practicing their scientific and stewardship skills. Explore this document to see what possibilities exist!
Green Eggs and Sand, DNREC: Learn about the relationship between horseshoe crabs and migratory birds through this 4-module curriculum for middle and high school students. Attend a workshop to get introduced to the modules and get access to teach them in your classroom.
Just like other species, horseshoe crabs rely on clean water and a healthy habitat in order to survive and reproduce successfully. Consider how your actions could have an impact on the environment for horseshoe crabs and what you can do to make it better:
Did you know there are many books that teach children about the living resources of the Delaware Estuary? It’s true. Numerous stories exist on everything from amphibians to whales. For more insight, please checkout the titles below.
– Crabby and Nabby: A Tale of Two Blue Crabs, by Suzanne Tate and James Melvin
– Tate’s Nature Series includes numerous other books depicting species that are native to the Delaware River estuary
– Extraordinary Horseshoe Crabs, by Julie Dunlap
– Red Knot: A Shorebird’s Incredible Journey, by Nancy Carol Willis
The Delaware Estuary, or the tidal portion of the Delaware River and Bay, is the most valuable natural resource in our region, yet little is taught about it in schools. That’s why the Philadelphia Water Department and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary published a reference tool for educators entitled the 2015 Delaware Estuary Water Education Resource Guide (PDF file). In it, teachers can discover materials and programs available at the many nonprofits and government agencies located throughout the tri-state area. Its 92 pages overflow with a wealth of environmental wisdom worthy of any lecture or field trip.
Check out our publications page for a variety of other classroom materials.
You can view online links to many of the organizations listed in the Resource Guide above on the Support Our Partners page.