In this Encyclopedia of Life podcast, Ari Daniel Shapiro describes the long, strange trip of the red swamp crawfish—from Louisiana bayous to European waterways to Chinese rice paddies.Strategies for Using this Encyclopedia of Life Podcast in Your Classroom
- Have students write down terms they are unfamiliar with while listening to the podcast. If students are following the podcast with the transcript (second slide), have them circle or highlight unfamiliar words. After listening, use the “Vocabulary” tab to define some of them as a group.
- Before listening to the podcast, give older students world map handouts or have them look at the world view on our MapMaker Interactive. Locate North America or Louisiana as a class. While listening to the podcast, have students use their maps to find other places the red swamp crawfish now thrives. (Countries and regions in four continents are mentioned in the podcast: Spain, Scandinavia, and France in Europe; Costa Rica in North America; Kenya and Nigeria in Africa; and Japan and China in Asia.)
- After listening to the podcast, consult the “Questions” tab for discussion questions.
Red swamp crawfish are indigenous to the freshwater bayous of Louisiana. They are an introduced species elsewhere in the United States, as well as Europe, Africa, and Asia. What have been some positive consequences of the red swamp crawfish industry in Louisiana? In the rest of the world?
What are some negative consequences of the red swamp crawfish industry in Louisiana and around the world?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry bayou Noun
swampy backwater of a river or lake.
Encyclopedic Entry: bayou circumnavigate Verb
to go completely around something (usually the Earth).
crustacean resembling a small lobster. Also called a crawdad or crayfish.
type of animal (an arthropod) with a hard shell and segmented body that usually lives in the water.
industry or occupation of harvesting fish, either in the wild or through aquaculture.
having to do with a habitat or ecosystem of a lake, river, or spring.
introduced species Noun
a species that does not naturally occur in an area. Also called alien, exotic, or non-native species.
rice paddy Noun
body of water that serves as a route for transportation.