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What Factors Affect Macroinvertebrate Life in Big Darby Creek? DLESE Reviewed Collection
The Darby Creek watershed encompasses an area of approximately 550 square miles in central Ohio. The Big and Little Darby Creeks are well known for their vast diversity and abundance of aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. They are home to eighty-six species of fish, five of which are endangered. Forty-one species of freshwater mollusks live in these waters, eight of which are on the Ohio endangered list. In this lesson, students will identify trends and make predictions about the possible influence of climatic factors and vegetative growth on macroinvertebrates. Using three different sets of scientific data from an internet database (Live Access Server), they will generate and interpret line graphs. They will compare the graphs to identify correlations among factors investigated and make a prediction based on patterns in the data.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
  • Biology
  • Climatology
  • Ecology
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-072
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • C - Life science:
        • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
        • Population and ecosystems
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Populations, resources, environments
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers