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Aquatic Ecology

Students evaluate an aquatic ecosystem, and record observations of microscopic life, macro-invertebrates, vegetation on the water's edge, and the chemical and physical qualities of the water.

Grade Level: 5-8
Time Needed: 2.5 hour

Aquatic Ecology Module/Unit (PDF Files)

Cover page, Table of Contents, Unit At a Glance (.75 MB)
Lesson 1 - Physical and Chemical Qualities of Water
Lesson 2 - Aquatic Indicator Organisms (1.35 MB)
Lesson 3 - Plankton and Biodiversity
Lesson 4 - Aquatic Landscapes (.85 MB)
Lesson 5 - Field Study Procedures and Log Book (1.1 MB)



Downloadable PowerPoint Presentations
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What Are Aquatic Indicator Organisms - PPt file
What Are Aquatic Indicator Organisms - Text/Script (PDF file)

How to Identify Aquatic Indicator Organisms - PPt file
How to Identify Aquatic Indicator Organisms - Text/Script (PDF file)

The Aquatic Food Web - PPt file
The Aquatic Food Web - Text/Script (PDF file)



LESSON 1- Physical and Chemical Qualities of Water

Web sites for the teacher:

Stevens Institute of Technology, Center for improved Engineering and Science Education- Down the Drain: How much water do you use?
http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/drainproj

U.S. EPA- Index of Watershed Indicators
http://www.epa.gov./iwi

U.S. EPA, Office of Water- Classroom Activities and Experiments
http://www.epa.gov./OGWDW/kids/exper.html

Web sites for the students:

U.S. EPA Office of Water- What's Up With Our Nation's Waters?
http://www.epa.gov/owow/monitoring/nationswaters/

U.S. PA Office of Water- Nonpoint Source Pollution Home Page
http://www.epa.gov/owow/nps/

USGS- Water Science for Schools
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/waterquality.html

Center for Global Environmental Education- Watershed Action Background Information
http://cgee.hamline.edu/watershed/action/background/fact_sheets.htm

Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association - 
Managing a Watershed Resources

http://www.thewatershed.org/wm_resources.php


LESSON 2 - Aquatic Indicator Organisms

Web sites for the teacher:

Pa. Fish and Boat Commission
http://www.fish.state.pa.us

Stroud Water Research Center
http://www.stroudcenter.org

Web sites for the students:

Key to Stream Invertebrates
http://www.watersheds.org/teacher/StreamInsectsIDKey.pdf

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Biological Indicators of Watershed Health.  
http://www.epa.gov/bioindicators/html/invertebrate.html

Government of New South Wales, Australia. 
Water Bug Detective Guide.  
http://www.bugsurvey.nsw.gov.au/html/getting_stuff.html#guides


LESSON 3  - Plankton and Biodiversity

Web sites for the teacher and students:

Microscopy UK- Main Menu
http://www.microscopy-uk.net/full_menu.html  


LESSON 4  - Aquatic Landscapes

Web sites for the teacher:

Abandoned Mine Drainage Education.  Watershed Education.
http://www.geocities.com/~paulstan/lesson.html

 Delaware River Basin Commission- Ed. Web
http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/edweb/edweb.htm

Kid's Gardening - Let It Flow.
http://www.kidsgardening.com/TMI/images/pdfs/5cra.pdf

US Geological Survey Learning Web.  What Do Maps Show?
http://interactive2.usgs.gov/learningweb/teachers/mapsshow.htm


Ironton Elementary School, Parkland School District, PA<
Ironton Elementary School, Parkland School District, PA
"The Saga of Fred the Fish"
"The Saga of Fred the Fish"
Mapping the Aquatic Landscape
Mapping the Aquatic Landscape
Macroinvertebrate Sampling
Macroinvertebrate Sampling
Plankton Net Student Teachers
Plankton Net
Identifying Microscopic Organisms
Identifying Microscopic Organisms
Taking a Water Sample
Taking a Water Sample
Water Chemistry
Water Chemistry
Summarizing Data
Summarizing Data
Easton Catholic Middle School and Muhlenberg MSP Student Intern