Build a Plankton Net

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Give household materials new life by turning them into a plankton net. Scholars design and build a net to collect and filter plankton from water. They test out their creations by using glitter to represent plankton. The nets need to direct the plankton into a separate container, and participants must be able to reuse them for the activity.

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Instructional Ideas

  • If there is a nearby pond, have learners actually try out their collection devices
  • Team up with a biology or environmental science teacher to create a cross-curricular lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson requires a variety of materials; see resource for complete list
Pros

  • Includes a diagram of plankton net as a reference
  • Provides separate questions for younger and older pupils
Cons

  • None