Swamp Day 2016


Our goal is to collect and identify as many different macroinvertebrates species. Our concern is DIVERSITY not abundance. The end product of this project is to complete a field guide for the species you have found.



  1. You must find and identify a minimum of 7 different species.
  2. You must take good pictures of the species you find. (These pictures will be used in your fieldguide)
  3. You must do your best to make sure no animals are harmed in the process.
  4. You will get dirty and wet..don’t try to avoid it!



  1. Specimen net – 1 per group
  2. Specimen container – 2-3 per group
  3. Camera – 1 per group (choose the best one and only bring that one)
  4. Laminated Dichotomous Key – 2 per group
  5. Laminated 15% gray card – 1 per group (background for specimen photos)



(On Swamp Day)

  1. Collect and correctly identify the minimum amount of specimens. (20 points)
  2. Actively take part in the collection process (10 points – scored individually)
  3. Create photos that make it so the specimen is easily identified (10 points)
  4. Carefully handling specimens (5 points)


(In Class)

  1. Find and present all relevant specimen data (20 points)
  2. Common Name
  3. Latin Name
  4. Habitat and Range
  5. Distinguishing characteristics (from dichotomous key – eg: 6 legs, forked tail)
  6. Stage of life (does it become something else? If so what?)
  7. What does it eat? Is it a primary consumer? Or something else?
  8. Overall Presentation of your guide (25 points)
  9. appealing to the eye
  10. construction shows care and time was put into it
  11. creativity will be rewarded

Photosynthesis Presentations

  1. Day #1 (Tuesday 4/19): In your new table groups you will produce a minimum of 6 slide presentation about the process of photosynthesis. In your presentation you should include (but not necessarily in this order):


  1. What is photosynthesis?
  2. Why is it important?
  3. Where does it take place?
  4. How does it work?
    1. Describe the process in detail
    2. What goes into it?
    3. What does it produce?
  5. Who are the key players in photosynthesis
    1. What role does each play in the process?
  6. Who benefits from photosynthesis?
  7. Who discovered it?
    1. Describe the experiment
  8. Why are plants green?
    1. Why do they change colors in the fall?


  1. Share completed presentation with Glen at snackapotamus@gmail.com


  1. Day #2 (Thursday 4/21)Join one other table group to combine the best parts of each of your presentations. Each group must contribute to stage two of the process. I will be looking for evidence of both group’s work in stage 2.


  1. Email completed presentation to Glen at snackapotamus@gmail.com


  1. Day #3 (Monday 4/25) Each of three groups will present their PowerPoints. The class will take notes as they listen..looking for important material not covered in their own presentation.


  1. Day #4 (Tuesday 4/26) Groups will get back together to add other important information for final draft which is due at the end of class.


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