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Plankton: Aquatic Drifters


Duration: 1 hour (can be extended)

Suitable for: Stages 2 – 4

Plankton is a broad term that refers to free-floating aquatic organisms that drift with water currents; either in freshwater environments or in marine environments. There are two broad groups of plankton: phytoplankton (planktonic plant producers) and zooplankton (planktonic animal consumers), each has distinct characteristics to help them survive in an environment where shelter is rare and nutrition is sporadic. In this activity, students will collect their own plankton sample and investigate the structural characteristics of different planktonic organisms under a microscope.




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