Sixth-grade students at Blossburg Elementary completed a macroinvertebrate and stream study as part of their science curriculum.
Students used self-made equipment to search and find macroinvertebrates. Materials used to create their equipment included a kick net out of dowels, duct tape and a window screen, or plastic coffee cans with netting attached.
After catching the macroinvertebrates, students then did a water quality study to determine if it was a Class 1, Class 2, or Class 3 stream. The types of macroinvertebrates found showed students the water quality over a period of time.
This lesson allows students the opportunity to gain 21st century, hands-on learning experiences aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).