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How to Collect and Identify Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Elementary, Middle

Description

This short video introduces students to the world of aquatic macroinvertebrates. Philippe Cousteau interviews a group of early middle school students as they explain what these creatures are and how to go about collecting and identifying them.  Viewers will be introduced to sampling techniques and the use of dichotomous keys.

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

The video serves as an excellent companion to the study of aquatic habitats and/or biodiversity.  It will be especially useful in  planning and executing field trips in which students will look for indicators of water quality..

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  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
  • Water (1)

    • Water Quality