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Blue Crabs

What is so special about the Chesapeake Bay blue crab? As you watch the following video clip, think about what makes Maryland blue crabs unique. Also pay attention to some of the challenges faced by the crab industry.

As you explore the videos, information, and activities in the lesson, you’ll take a deeper dive into how our prized blue crabs make it to your table, and along the way, you’ll complete a concept map to record what you learn about various factors that impact the crab industry.

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Concept Map

Now it’s your turn. Let’s begin a simple concept map about what makes Chesapeake Bay blue crabs unique.

Focus Question: What makes Chesapeake Bay blue crabs unique?

Start with a box for the main topic: Chesapeake Bay Blue Crabs. Then add details in boxes that describe how they are special or unique. Finally, use short words or phrases to show the relationship between the details and the main topic or other details.

You may use a blank sheet of paper or download the concept map starter template below. Add additional nodes to the template to complete your concept map.

Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Concept Map Starter Template

After you’ve given it a try, click “Show Example” to see if you’re on the right track.

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Over the course of this lesson, you’ll complete a concept map about Maryland’s crab industry. Your concept map will include information that answers the following questions:


  • What types of businesses make up Maryland’s crab industry?

  • What factors impact the businesses involved in the crab industry?

    • How do these factors impact the industry?

  • How do consumers support Maryland’s crab industry?

  • Why is the crab industry important to Marylanders?