Russell The Mussel
A Distance Learning Guide for Educators and Guardians
Save The River is committed to providing quality educational programs and resources for formal and informal educators throughout our region. Distance Learning has become the new norm due to the NYS On Pause Executive Order. While Save The River plans to host in person educator trainings, field trips and K-12 educational programs when we are safely able to come together once again, we have developed Virtual Learning Field Trips and Resources for students, parents, and educators who are interested in learning more about the St. Lawrence River.
Russell the Mussel introduces students to aquatic life found in Crystal Creek, and leads the main character on a journey to understanding why underwater creatures need clean water. The story was published by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, with funding provided by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
In this reading, Janet Burrows introduces and reads the story of Russell. Mussels are not the most glamorous of water creatures, but they play a crucial role in water quality. In the 1800s, mussels were nearing extinction in the Great Lakes. In this story, students learn how mussel populations have started to repopulate (with the help of biologists) and how to protect aquatic life from pollution and habitat loss.
Featured Lesson Video: Russell The Mussel
Russell the Mussel can be integrated into classroom curriculum and addresses New York State Science and(or) ELA Learning Standards spanning both elementary and middle school levels, with a focus on K-3 grade levels. There are many additional fun and educational activities you can use to engage your students with St. Lawrence River island habitats both in the classroom or during distance learning.
This storytime is part of our series focusing on native and invasive freshwater mussels in the St. Lawrence River and its tributaries. Save the River, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, New York State Museum, and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) have partnered for a multi-year project made possible by the DEC Invasive Species Grant Program.
Russell the Mussel can be integrated into classroom curriculum and addresses New York State Science and(or) ELA Learning Standards spanning both elementary and middle school levels, with a focus on K-3 grade levels.
Save The River can work with you to tailor pre-and post discussion content to meet your classroom needs.
Integrating NYS Learning Standards
Russell The Mussel – NYS Learning Standards
*For more information please visit NYS P-12 Science Learning Standards and NYS Next Generation ELA Standards
Interested in learning more about our educational opportunities? Save The River is always happy to work with new teachers and find ways to create meaningful lessons for students.
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There are many additional fun and educational activities you can use to engage your students with St. Lawrence River island habitats both in the classroom or during distance learning. In addition make sure to follow our Facebook Page to learn more about what Save The River is doing to protect our waterways, and to stay up to date on upcoming adult and youth educational opportunities.