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Pond ID Kit

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The worksheets provided allows students to follow along while the instructor uses the "virtual pond dip" to choose organisms. Clicking on an organism shows a brief summary of the characteristics of the organism and there is a link on the summary page that provides a more involved article as well as real life images of the organism. I find this site to be a great opener for my pond water lab especially because of the drawings. The drawings used to represent various pond life are simple enought... More
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: October 09, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 07, 2011
Keywords: virtual, Bacteria, charateristics, Bryozoa, Gastrotrichs, Worms, Tardigrades, lab, Rotifers, Protozoa, Water bears, Hydra, pond water, Arthropods, Algae


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Primary Audience: High School, Middle School, College General Ed
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: a intrnet enabled laptop, digital projector or a smartboard
Language: English
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Avatar for Anil Kapoor
5 years ago

Anil Kapoor (Faculty)

Great site for intro to biology class. I can see asking the students to bring a water sample from home aquariums and ponds and having them identify the algae in the water using basic microscopy techniques.

Time spent reviewing site: 15

Avatar for Stephanie Vallis
7 years ago

Stephanie Vallis (Student)

this is a very helpful tool for a laboratory exercise since it allows the students to compare what they see under the microscope to what is in the chart. this allows for a more accurate identification of the specimen.