Lesson Plans: Mathematics, Science & Technology
Classroom lessons are adaptable in length. Field expeditions require an entire school day.
Insects and Invertebrates
Field expedition: Students use nets and beating sheets to trap and collect insects on one of the Boston Harbor Islands, following the protocol of Harvard University's All-Taxa Biodiversity Index (ATBI) in order to document and label specimens.
Field expedition: Students investigate life in the intertidal zone equipped with buckets, nets, and identification keys to see what can survive beneath rocks and in shallow pools.
Field expedition: Students become citizen scientists by setting up plots, quadrants and transects within the intertidal zone to collect crab data, following the protocol of ongoing academic studies on invasive species along the Atlantic Coast.
Salt Marsh Ecology
Field expedition: Students wade through the creeks of a salt marsh with rubber boots and dip nets to find evidence of the incredible diversity of life within.
Climate Change and Renewable Energy
Field expedition: Students measure and visualize the impact of sea level rise on a favorite beach.
Did You Know?
Clarence Burrage was a philanthropist who established the Hospital for Crippled Children on Bumpkin Island in 1902. It was one of the first facilities with ramps instead of stairs. Though it burned in 1945, the remains can be seen today at Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area. More...