Potomac Highlands Watershed School

Benthic Macroinvertebrate and Stream Sampling Lesson Plan


Lesson Plan for BMI/Stream Sampling Module



The Introduction to Stream Sampling activity provides an introduction to the virtual stream sampling activity that is currently in development.  

Web Based Tools:

v     Interactive Learning Activities:

v     Bookshelf:

Instructional Procedure:

The BMI lessons can be used as stand alone activities, but is really designed to foster further classroom discussion

The activity itself can be used in a number of ways.  It is recommended that students first complete the activity on their own.  The activity text is provided in the bookshelf, as well as background information on the activity that can help the student better understand what they are doing.  The bookshelf can be open at the same time that the game is being played so the user can refer back to game information without backing up in the game itself. 

Examples of other approaches:

Follow up:

These are just suggestions for follow up activities.  More ideas can be found within the student and teacher links.  Once the students have completed the web based activity additional information can be discussed in the classroom.  The students can also explore issues concerning development and water resource management through at-home activities, and internet and library research.

Classroom Activities:


At Home Activities:

The links provided for this module contain various at home activities for students to complete, such as

WV Contents Standards and Objectives. 

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