COSM

Insect and Arthropod Identification

Activity Summary
Students will collect macroinvertebrates samples and identify at least 10 of the samples. Identification will be completed using dichotomous keys. Students will conclude the lab by drawing conclusions concerning diversity in the different families of macroinvertebrates. If students are unable to identify the macroinvertebrate to species, they must identify the organism
as specifically as they can determine (family, order, etc.).

Grade Levels
9-12

Learning Objectives
1. Identity organisms using a dichotomous key
2. Correctly be able to identify macroinvertebrates as specifically as possible

Lesson Materials (view or download)
PowerPoint
Lesson Plan

Keywords
macroinvertebrate, biodiversity

Last updated: 3/3/2015

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