Through close observation and inquiry-based learning, students will be introduced to wetland habitats. Using scientific equipment, students will collect and identify aquatic macro-invertebrates, and learn how these animals can help assess the health of a freshwater habitat. Students will observe behaviors and examine the unique life cycles and adaptations for survival in these watery habitats.
At Broad Meadow Brook, the focus will be on vernal pools and streams. At Wachusett Meadow, the focus will be on wetlands and ponds.
Locations: Field trip may take place at Broad Meadow Brook, Wachusett Meadow, your schoolyard (if there is an accessible pond), or a suitable community greenspace.
Broad Meadow Brook, Worcester
Your school or other location
3, 4, 5
Please see brochure Can be done at your school if you have an accessible pond.
Learning Standards Supported:
4-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - animal/plant, internal/external structures
5-LS1-1 - From Molecules to Organisms--Structures and Processes - plants use of air, water, energy
5-LS2-1 - Ecosystems--Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics - movement of matter through food web