We can’t expect to simply put delicious seafood in front of kids and that they’ll be excited to eat it. We have to help teach them why eating seafood is tasty, nutritional, and why it connects them to their statewide community. I’ve begun compiling educational resources that can either help teachers develop a lesson plan around seafood facts, or that are actual lesson plans that are already written and hit state standards.
- Oregon Institute of Marine Biology–grade specific fish lessons! http://pages.uoregon.edu/oimb/Academics/GK12/Curricula.html
- Flatfish lessons http://lessonplanspage.com/SciencePEArtLAMDFlatfishEachOneTeachOneActivity35.htm/
- Lots of sea and fish-related curriculum that are all standards-based, including the anatomy of a fish and ocean poetry: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/lc/teachers_place/resources_teaching_activities.aspx
- Lots of age-specific fish lessons, though not many seem geared towards wild fish–mostly farmed fish. http://www.aces.edu/dept/fisheries/education/lessonplans.php
- Oregon Trawl Commission’s video series about how fish are trawl caught (including for rockfish, sole, and shrimp!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpesLmpToHc