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Water Quality

Water Quality Activities (Suggested sequence):Top of Page

  • A-maze-ing Water- Students guide a drop of water through a maze of "drainage pipes" to learn how activities in their homes and yards affect water quality.
  • Water Quality?  Ask the Bugs! - Students conduct a simulated bioassessment of a stream by sampling aquatic macroinverebrates (represented by ordinary materials).  By learning the process by which macroinvertebrates are assessed, results are recorded and Pollution Tolerance Indexes are determined.  Students are given opportunities to learn monitoring techniques in a classroom setting before doing field monitoring.
  • Macroinvertebrate Mayhem - Students play a game of tag to simulate the effects of environmental stressors on macroinvertebrate populations. 
  • Sum of the Parts - Students demonstrate how everyone contributes to the pollution of a river as ti flows through a watershed and recognize that through individual and group action, the amount of pollution can be reduced.