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4-H Science Toolkits - Alewives

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Photo: Duane Raver, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Alewives toolkit mixes ecology with technology for a fantastic experience unlike any of our other toolkits. Youth are introduced to the classic Maine Native fish — Alewives, a migratory species that is highly beneficial for aquatic environtments in our state — and are asked to utilize MIT’s Scratch program to better understand the lifecycle, migration patterns, and impacts of Alewives within an ecosystem. Each activity in this kit builds on the one before, culminating in a presentation of each group, using the Scratch program.

  • General Tool Kit Information Sheet (to reserve a tool kit): Word | PDF
  • Curriculum
  • Included in this toolkit are:
    • 2 flash drives
    • Markers
    • Ball of twine
    • Rope, 2 pieces, ~30ft in length
    • Plastic cones for boundaries
    • 3 foam balls
    • Timer
    • Aluminum chafing dishes
    • Green food coloring
    • Paper clips
    • Scissors
    • Masking tape
    • Popsicle sticks
    • Visuals*
      • Web of Life cards
      • Survivor cards
      • Alewife population lab
      • Fact Sheet
      • Alewife life cycle, ages and habitat worksheet
      • Magnetic alewife
      • Non-magnetic alewife

*All visuals are included in limited numbers within the project kit binder and also included in a digital form on one of the provided flash drives. Visuals can be located in the “Activity Visuals” folder.

MAINE EPSCoR logo This activity is supported by National Science Foundation award #EPS-0904155 to Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. NSF logo


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