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Amphipods: More than Mud


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Amphipods: More than Mud

In this data analysis and environmental science activity, learners examine the effects of pollution on amphipods using data from the Chesapeake Ecotox Research Program. Learners calculate the average reburrowing time for four different treatments (placement in different sediment types) and create a bar graph comparing averages for all four treatments. Educators can use this activity to introduce learners to data analysis, biological indicators, and the research process.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 14 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Graphing paper
  • Ruler
  • Computer with internet access
  • Pen or pencil

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
      • Human Impact
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
      • Operations
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Ayers Lawrence, Lisa

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Virginia Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program,

Funding Sources:

  • NOAA Sea Grant
  • National Marine Educators Association

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