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Elementary GLOBE: Water Wonders DLESE Reviewed Collection
Students will be introduced to different species of macroinvertebrates. They will hypothesize why each insect looks the way it does. Then students will make observations of macroinvertebrates in an aquarium in their classroom. For an optional extension, teachers can take students to a local stream or pond to conduct field observations. The purpose of this activity is to introduce students to hydrology and the study of macroinvertebrates and to understand how macroinvertebrates help scientists understand water quality. After completing this activity, students will have an understanding of what macroinvertebrates are and why scientists study them.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Primary (K-2)
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Classroom activity
    • Guide for instructor
    • Lesson plan
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - artistic
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Glossary
    • Book
Subject:
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Hydrology
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Books can be viewed online. Hard copies can be purchased. Copyright UCAR.
DLESE Catalog ID: GLOBE-000-000-000-720
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • B - Physical science:
        • Properties of objects and materials
      • C - Life science:
        • Characteristics of organisms
        • Life cycles of organisms
        • Organisms and environments
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
The GLOBE Program
www.globe.gov