Lesson Plan

Water Quality Monitoring - Middle School

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Seventh Grade-Ninth Grade
water quality, monitoring, bioindicator, water pollution, biological inventory, Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Students work through pre field activities that introduce them to vocabulary, methods and aquatic invertebrate orders.  During the field trip students will explore a park stream to monitor it's health based on chemical and biological indicators.


1) become familiar with the vocabulary associated with water quality monitoring
2) become familiar with the types of water quality tests within water quality monitoring
3) determine the differences between monitoring and inventory
4) understand the biodiversity of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park
5) recognize that many plants and animals in the park are endemic species meaning they are known to live only in the park
6) become familiar with the current threats to the water systems within the Park

Last updated: April 14, 2015