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Ogeechee River Aquatic Ecosystem

Module Summary
This module focuses on using the Ogeechee River (or river near your school) as a model system to which biological curriculum can be referenced.  It is important to relate learning content to student prior knowledge so they may easily make cognitive connections.  The four activities in this module are linked together by the Ogeechee River theme.  The activities include: Brain Eating Amoeba Article/classroom discussion, Pasta Plankton Dichotomous Key creation, Food Web activity, and a Gel Electrophoresis: Cryptic Protists experiment.  This module employs the use of scenario, outdoor sample collection, reading comprehension, classification, classroom discussion, experiments, and molecular lab activities.  The overarching goal of this module is to relate biological content to students by connecting new knowledge to prior knowledge (Ogeechee River ecosystem).  The activities are adapted to follow the existing biology curriculum calendar and meet National Science Standards requirements.

Grade Levels

Module Materials (view or download)
Brain Eating Amoeba
Dichotomous Key: Pasta Plankton
Food Webs
Gel Electrophoresis: Cryptic Protists

Module Activity Overview Estimated Class Time
Brain Eating Amoeba Article 1 (90 min) class
Pasta Plankton Dichotomous Keys 1 (90 min) class
Food Webs 1 (90 min) class
Gel Electrophoresis: Cryptic Protists 1 (90 min) class

Last updated: 8/9/2021