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Use of Dichotomous Keys to Identify Stream Organisms

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
What kind of organisms are living in the stream? After an explanation on how to use a dichotomous key, groups of three to four use the keys to identify macroinvertebrates from a local freshwater stream. Using the the concept of Stream...
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Dichotomous Key for Identifying Pine Trees

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students identify the species of pine trees that are found in their area. They use unlabeled "mystery" samples and a dichotomous key to identify the pine trees to species. After identification, they use a field guide to answer worksheet...
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Insect Pitfall Traps

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students ask testable questions, use the inquiry cycle to investigate, gather data and interpret the results, study the diversity of insects and other smallorganisms which live around the school; they can make an inventory /collection of...
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Classifying Fish

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students use attributes to sort fish. For this animal groups and classification biology lesson, students use a dichotomous key and fish attributes to discover an unknown fish.
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The Key To Classifying Animals

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Explorers of the environment construct a dichotomous key for a variety of organisms and design a key to classify Galapagos animals based on descriptions and images. The lesson includes a link to an animal gallery and the worksheet for...
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Bug Lyphe!

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Introduce ecology classes to biodiversity and interdependence in ecosystems with a PowerPoint presentation. Then, they get up-close and personal with the invertebrate world by collecting insects, classifying them, and graphing their...
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Classification of Cerealites

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students create a dichotomous key. In this categorizing lesson, students create a dichotomous key for different types of cereal. Students classify the cereal into groups such as flakes and cereal with holes. Students discuss their...
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Spot Identification of Some of the Most Common Insect Orders

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students investigate the basic characteristics of insect orders and develop short-cut techniques to identify insects into twelve of the most common orders. They use captured specimens and photographs to practice identification and then...
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For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders select, collect, and classify various insects by constructing an apparatus from materials that aid in the capture and containment of the insect.
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Jewel of the Earth

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students investigate several organisms, set sticky traps to collect them, and attempt to identify and classify them using a variety of sources. The origins of the organisms are traced and their adaptive features examined.
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Aquatic Insects

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders study the scientific process and how to identify larvae using a dichotomous key.  For this aquatic insect lesson students complete a lab activity. 
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Exploration of 'pill bugs'

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders define words. They create a dichotomous key. After carefully examining pill bugs, 5th graders record observations. They compare and contrast habitats of pillbugs.
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Exploration of "Pillbugs"

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders define vocabulary terms, identify the characteristics of a pillbug, and create a dichotomous key. Then they examine the pillbugs and make observations and record these observations. Finally, 5th graders observe specific...
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What Critters Tell Us About Water Quality: A Macroinvertebrate Lesson

For Teachers 3rd - 7th
Learners explore our ecosystem by investigating the quality of our water. In this aquatic insect lesson, students examine a group of random insects collected from different streams and ponds in the area. Learners record their...
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Arthropod Key

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
Students identify the types of pests and categorize them. They identify their food chain and create a poster showing the food chain for the pests.
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Into the Pond

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders use a pond to explore macroinvertebrates and other organisms. They use a dichotomous key to classify the organisms and maintain a journal recording their findings.
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Simple Samples

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Learners conduct a field study and write a field report using keys to identify plants and animals. They group the plants and animals into general groups. Also, they describe pest damage and interpret field study results from different...
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How Appropriate is that Tree?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students identify trees and their environments using a dichotomous chart.  In this exploratory lesson students use the Internet to identify conditions needed for the trees and what the climate is in their area. 
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Water Pollution and Water Quality Assessment

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Experiments are great ways to learn and explore new topics. Third graders discuss how some macroinvertebrates can live in polluted water, while others cannot. They head to the computer lab with guiding worksheets as they learn more about...
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Classify Shedd's Collection

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore the concept of taxonomy. In this classification lesson, students discover taxonomy attributes. Students apply their organizational skills as they observe animals in Shedd Aquarium, record data about the animals, and...
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For Teachers 5th - 9th
Students examine how the method of classification is used. In this sorting lesson students take a pre-test, classify organisms and complete a crossword puzzle.
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Pond Ecology

For Teachers 4th - 6th
A lab activity is a great way to incite thoughtful questioning and scientific processes. Pupils will collect organisms with a Petri dish, make observations, sketch the organism, ask questions, then attempt to identify the specimen...
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Soil Organisms

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students work together to collect soil samples from different locations. In the samples, they identify the macroorganisms and classify them. They identify the conditions that affect how macroorganisms grow. They also analyze and identify...
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Benthic Macroinvertebrates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students survey and describe a stream ecosystem. They sample the benthic macroinvertebrate populations of a given stream and determine community structure through the use of the Chandler Index and a species diversity index.