Why Can’t I Eat This Fish?

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Can turning on the television lead to toxins in the food supply? The lesson offers an opportunity for young scientists to complete guided research. A worksheet lists each question as well as the web page necessary to answer the question. After completing the research, scholars create a poster explaining what people can do to prevent toxins from spreading into our food.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage pupils to list things they can do and things the school or community can do to reduce toxins
  • Map the areas that pollution ends up in after traveling down rivers
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of toxins, methylmercury, POPs, and bioaccumulation; the lesson Bioaccumulation of Toxins addresses all of these if your curriculum does not
  • Includes an answer key
  • Mentions changes made in Arizona to prevent toxins from reaching the Arctic, a connection many pupils don't see
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