Comparing Aquatic Communities

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This lesson takes students to local streams and ponds, measuring abiotic factors and collecting aquatic invertebrates. It details how to calculate the relative abundance of species based on collection data, and asks students to graph and plot their findings. It includes an identification guide (localized to New York State). The PDF is available as both a teacher’s and student’s guide. Because this is a relatively long and complicated lesson, it’s recommended for high-school-age and older students.

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Grade Level

NGSS STEM Practices

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Media Format

PDF Download

Creation Date

Before 2010

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1 review for Comparing Aquatic Communities

  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    This is an older lesson, and unfortunately the graphics in it — including the dichotomous key — are very difficult to read. The data collection sheets are good, though, and will be useful for planning a stream investigation. We also like that students are taken through the entire process of collecting, sorting, analyzing, and graphing their data.

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