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Photo Credit: Ellie Opdahl

Students will learn about the habitats and life cycles of macroinvertebrate through an interactive lesson using a felt board. Students will learn to identify macroinvertebrates and learn where they live during each stage of their life cycle by placing them in the appropriate habitat on the felt board. There is one example of complete metamorphosis and one example of incomplete metamorphosis. Students will be introduced to pollution sensitive organisms and the impacts humans have on aquatic systems. 

Students will:

  • Be introduced to the term macroinvertebrate and be able to identify a macroinvertebrate 
  • Be familiar with macroinvertebrates habitats and life cycles 
  • Discuss human impacts on aquatic systems

Extension 1: Introduction to Macroinvertebrates and
Their Life Cycles