Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Lesson Plans
Teach all Bugs Don't Bug Me lessons. Experiences include learning about water quality, aquatic insects, invasive species, and adaptations through hands-on activities. Find additional printed resources, photos and a video below.
Bugs Don't Bug Me (Individual Lesson Plans)
Build-a-Bug Grades K-6
Designed to help introduce students to aquatic macroinvertebrates and the adaptations
that allow them to live in an aquatic environment.
15 - 20 min.
Macroinvertebrate Mix and Match Grades K-6
This activity will introduce students to aquatic macroinvertebrates (primarily insects) and
the major segments (the head, thorax, and abdomen) and differentiation between larval,
nymph, and adult stages.
Macroinvertebrate Simon Says Grades K-6
Introduces students to the adaptations of macroinvertebrates and their feeding habits.
Macroinvertebrate Investigation Grades K-6
Through collection and observation, students learn about macroinvertebrates.
Macroinvertebrate Graphing Activity Grades K-6
Teaches students to describe and identify the quality of a stream site by analyzing
the aquatic macroinvertebrates that live there.
If Bugs Could Talk Grades K-6
Introduces students to the link between aquatic macroinvertebrates, land use activities
and water pollution.
Water Pollution Graphing Grades K-6
Teaches students the link between land use activities and water quality.
Aquatic Invasion! Grades 9-12
Teaches the properties of invasive species and their effect on aquatic ecosystems.
The following printed resources are offered in pdf format (may take awhile to download):