Virtual Pond Dip Microscopic Protists and Animals Activity Webquest

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7th - 10th
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GOOGLE DOCS and PRINT VERSION INCLUDED! Reinforce simple classification, teach about life in a drop of pond water, and take students on a virtual journey through a microscopic world!

This webquest was created to prepare students for a lab on microscopic pond organisms. However, it can just as well be used as a stand-alone assignment.

In this activity, students will:

  • Learn about animal-like protozoans, plant-like algae, and protists with both characteristics.
  • Learn about common microscopic animals found in pond water such as cnidarians, rotifers, nematodes, and crustaceans.
  • Answer questions based on website information.
  • Draw organisms.

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  • Answer key included.
  • Please note that this resource is not editable.
  • A link to the Google Docs version is provided in the downloadable PDF.

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