Hermit Crab Lessons
By Vanessa Pike-Russell
(expanded and adapted by Stacy Griffith)
Target ages 7-10-year-olds but you
can adapt the lesson to fit the class.
Key Learning Areas: Language, Science
Lesson One – Introduction to hermit crabs
Lesson Two Lifecycle of hermit crabs
Lesson Three Anatomy and Stages
of Development of a Land Hermit Crab
Lesson Four Diet and Needs of a land hermit crab
(Caring for a land hermit crab)
Lesson Five: Design a home for a hermit crab
Lesson Six The Pet Trade
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Who Am I
Students write down some clues as to who the animal is.
I have two grasping claws/chelipeds
I live in a borrowed shell
I have 10 legs etc
Place some hermit crab-related items under a sheet or towel.
Ask students to put their hands under the towel and identify the object, whether it is a seashell, bowl, dish, guage or a pretend hermit crab.
Armed with some knowledge of different types of land and marine hermit crabs and other marine animals, children sit in the ‘hot seat’ and pretend they are the animal. They become an expert on their subject while other classmates ask them questions.
Hermit Crab Poetry
With the help of some poetry models, children love to write hermit-crab related poetry, whether it is a Diamante’, Cinquain, Haiku, Limerick or free-form. If your class writes some hermit crab-related poetry, why not email me and I will add it to the site to help other classes start off their writing.