Macroinvertebrate Madness (a four-session series)

Learning Objectives :
•    Students will be able to explain that living organisms change over time.
•    Students will be able to define macroinvertebrate and give one or two examples.
•    Students will use keys and field guides to identify animals in the field.

Essential Questions :

Review and Matching Game – Approximately 20 minutes
Macroinvertebrate Madness - Approximately 30 minutes
Stream Exploration – At least 35 minutes as part of a field trip
Pond Exploration – At least 25 minutes as part of a field trip

Materials :

    • Printouts of accompanying material: matching animal drawings (one set per 18 students) and macroinvertebrate water quality key (one for each student).

    • For stream and pond exploration: small tubs to hold water and creatures, magnifying glasses, small nets, large tweezers, other collecting equipment, and any additional field guides or keys that are handy.

Preparation :

    • Time will be needed to gather the material and arrange a field trip to a nearby stream (if there isn’t one next to the school).

    • This activity is meant to follow “Abiotic Adventure.”  If not, begin this lesson with the first activity “What’s in a pond?” from the previous lesson “Abiotic Adventure.”

Creator :
This lesson plan developed by Heidi Webb.

Printables :
Included with complete PDF file .

Standrads :
McREL National Content Standards:
Standard 5: Understands the structure and function of cells and organisms
Standard 12: Understands the nature of scientific inquiry

  • Animals (see also mammals
  • birds
  • invertebrates
  • etc.)
  • Macroinvertebrates
  • Grade Lavel(s):
  • 3nd Grade
  • h1