Middle School

FLOW: Fisheries Learning on the Web (Credit: Michigan Sea Grant)

This Water Unit contains the five lesson plans listed below.

Lesson 1: Exploring Watersheds
Simulates the movement and pooling of water representing rivers, lakes and ponds in a watershed. 
Lesson 2: Wetland in a Pan

Demonstrates important wetland functions including filtering, flood buffering, and fish and wildlife habitat. 
Lesson 3: Water Quantity

Reveals the relative amount of surface fresh water available for human use.
Lesson 4: What Makes Water Healthy
Helps students think about different ways to determine water quality. 
Lesson 5: Hydropoly: A Decision-Making Game

Requires students to make land use decisions that affect the environment, especially wetlands. 


Limno Loan Manual Lesson Materials:

Student Jobs During Outing

Crossword Puzzle

Graphic Organizer

Data Sheet

Data Activity with Excel

Water Quality Quiz


Pond Survey Day

This pond-day lesson plan was developed by a Limno Loan educator. The lesson leads students through the collection of limnological and ecological data in a pond ecosystem to determine its overall health. The students can add their data to larger sets of data to compare their pond to a Great Lake or ocean.


Determining Water Quality (Credit: University of Michigan School of Education)

This activity helps students think about different ways to determine water quality. Students make observations and measurments of several water samples.

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