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Aquatic Habitats DLESE Reviewed Collection
This lesson plan will help students to understand that the way a community disposes of its wastewater may negatively affect local aquatic habitats, that it is possible to find wastewater-disposal methods that do not pollute, and that both governments and citizens can take action to ensure that waste water will be disposed of in a way that is not destructive. As part of the lesson, students will discuss the definition of "wastewater", how it is disposed of, invite a guest speaker to class, and write proposals to local government officials either suggesting improvements or commending their current procedures. Adaptations for older students, discussion questions, an evaluation rubric, extension activities, suggested readings, a vocabulary, and links to related sites accompany the lesson.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright 2004,
DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-358
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • How human actions modify the physical env.
    • Physical systems:
      • The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Author: Betsy Hedberg
Discovery Channel School