How Can a Dam Affect a River? Activity A

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Written for Washington state students in life science, this lesson provides an opportunity to examine the residents of local freshwater habitats. You or the class collects a water sample, and learners try to examine what organisms live at various depths in the sample. Afterward, they brainstorm about plants and animals that might live near the source of this sample and discuss the food chain that might exist. See also an additional related activity by the same publisher.

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