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Leaf Decomposition – What’s for Lunch?

Activity Summary
Leaf decomposition is a major ecological process in stream ecosystems.  In this activity, students will investigate the aquatic insects responsible for decomposing leaves in stream ecosystems.

Grade Levels

Learning Objectives
1. Identify the abiotic factors that influence decomposition rates
2. List the steps of the scientific method

Lesson Materials (view or download)
Lesson Plans
Insect Key 1
Insect Key 2
Leaf Pack Key
Aquatic Insects

decomposition, stream ecology, aquatic invertebrates

Last updated: 3/2/2015