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Student Rangers: Minibeast Discovery

Elementary, Middle


A voyage of discovery is at the centre of this outdoor activity where students investigate a local wetland to learn about aquatic invertebrates.  A close examination of the structural features of wetland organisms also develops an increased understanding of the connections between adaptations and habitat.  As they explore the relationship between macroinvertebrate diversity and water quality students will appreciate the importance of wetland conservation through personal action.  An authentic technical approach also provides the scientific framework for students to:

  • Use scientific tools and technique to collect biological data
  • Use scientific data to make and justify predictions
  • Examine aquatic invertebrate morphology in relationship to habitat
  • Research technical information
  • Describe strategies that support wetland conservation

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This lesson actively encourages exploration within a local wetland which supports learning about habitat relationships, ecosystems and organism adaptations.  There is also a strong emphasis on the scientific process as data is collected and biological specimens are examined.  The lesson also supports sustainability outcomes as students examine the relationship between water quality and aquatic invertebrate abundance.

Flooding has had devastating impacts on many regions over recent years.  A class could partner with a conservation organization to present information to the local municipality to highlight how wetlands help mitigate flood damage.  Students may even be able to motivate municipal leaders to introduce new regulations that protect community wetlands from any type of threat such as development.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (3)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity
    • Habitat Loss