Hermit Habitat
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Hermit Habitat by Ashley Greenway, 2016 Allen Distinguished Educator is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Project Overview

Students get one week to design a hermit crab habitat, document it, and prepare a market-based presentation to be peer-reviewed the following week.

Ashley Greenway

School: Elm Street Elementary

Type of School: Public – District

Location: Rome, GA

School Population: 555

Demographic: 89% minority students

% Free/reduced lunch program: 92%

Learning Outcomes

This project integrates life science, business/marketing, and engineering concepts and meets learning standards in speaking and listening, writing, math, and next generation science. Students will be able to identify basic animal needs, work collaboratively to identify real-world problems, create a professional presentation that considers the three C’s of product design, give design feedback, and modify proposals according to peer feedback.
Download the open-source Project Plan Materials to view a complete list of standards and learning outcomes addressed in this project.

How Ashley Does It

Grade: 1st

Timing: about two weeks

Subjects: Life science, business, engineering, art

Materials: Hermit crabs, tank, sand, water container, heat lamp, hermit crab food, writing utensils and paper, computers, cameras and printers, optional 3D Printer: New Matter Mod-T

Project Steps: Ashley implements this project in two stages following an initial preparation. She prepares for the project by gathering resources and exposing students to background information. The two stages include: Observe, and Prepare and Present.

How You Can Do It

Grade: K-8th
Timing: 1-4 weeks

Subjects: Life science, business, engineering, art

Materials: You can implement this project with a different animal such as a guinea pig, bearded dragon, fish, etc. Habitat materials will vary depending on the animal. Optional materials include a 3D Printer: New Matter Mod-T

Project Steps: The two stages (Observe and Prepare and Present) work well for Ashley’s first graders. With older students you may consider adding a research phase or expanding the habitat design phase to include more emphasis on the design process. Your students may also be interested in different presentation options such as a video, story, or slideshow.
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Comments (3)
Jenny Burns
8/16/2016 3:53:09 PM

Allen Distinguished Educators Moderator
Hi Alice!

That's a creative idea to emphasize multi-sensory learning with this project. What grade are your students and how would you adapt this project to fit the needs of your class?

- Jenny

Alice Barnett
8/16/2016 3:49:28 PM

Teacher from Chicago, IL
This guide will be used in my special education classroom to provide students with a multi-sensory approach to learning.

Jenny Burns
6/30/2016 12:40:38 PM

Allen Distinguished Educators Moderator
How can teachers adapt this project to fit their own classrooms? Does anyone have suggestions or recommendations?

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