Crab Science with Harry

So much of science is OBSERVATION, and that's just what we've been doing with our new pet!



Crab Science:


Scientific classification of hermit crabs:

Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Crustacea
Order: Decapoda
Family: Coenobitidae
Genus: Birgus latro


We are beginning our study of hermit crabs, which was inspired by a two week study of seashells (which we just completed). I must say, the hermit crab is fascinating to watch!


In preparation for the arrival of Harry, we read a a great little book we found at the pet store (it's perfect for my nine year old to use a reference!), and talked to numerous people about their experiences with hermit crabs. We purchased a simple carrier (really only big enough for one crab) and what we would need to care for the crab. We also had a family meeting about WHO would be responsible for its care. (It's not going to be my husband and I, although I will be there for moral support!)

I think he has quite a nice crabitat.

Of course, we'll read the book A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle, and hopefully complete the lapbook that goes along with book, which can be found at Homeschool Share. The book has been a favorite of my six year old's for the past couple years, so it's like we're visiting an old friend.

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