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Water: Articles and Activities for Middle School Students

Activities: "Join a Stream Team!"

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For Grades 6 - 8

Join a Stream Team! (Full Article) (PDF) (2 pp, 620K)

Join a Stream Team! (Activity Sheets) (PDF) (10 pp, 539K)


Exercise I. Take Out the Trash
Exercise II. Environmental Conflicts
Exercise III. Adopt-A-Stream
Exercise IV. Macroinverte-whats?
Exercise V. Macroinverte-whats? Part 2: The Saga Continues


Activities offer students the opportunity to learn about multiple facets of waterbodies and pollution, including aquatic life (indicator species), local concerns, and public outreach through research, teamwork, and role-playing exercises.

Time Required

Individual exercises are designed to be approximately 1/2 hour to 45 minutes long. Exercise III is not designed as an in-class activity but can be used to build on one of the other exercises.

Curricular Standards and Skills


  • stream monitoring
  • macroinvertebrates
  • water quality
  • species characterization

Social Studies

  • understanding people's behavior
  • working with community groups

Language Arts

  • public speaking
  • research

Thinking Skills

  • anticipating potential problems


  • conservation area
  • estuary
  • eutrophication
  • indicator species
  • macroinvertebrates
  • sediment
  • soil erosion
  • stakeholder
  • water resources
  • water quality
  • watershed
  • wetland
  • volunteer monitoring
  • coordinator

Web sites

The Shenandoah River Exit EPA Disclaimer

Georgia Adopt-a-Stream Program Exit EPA Disclaimer

Why Study the Stream-Bottom Macroinvertebrates? by the Isaac Walton League Exit EPA Disclaimer

Macroinvertebrate Key by the Isaac Walton League Exit EPA Disclaimer

Macroinvertebrate Identification Key Directions by the Isaac Walton League Exit EPA Disclaimer

Practice Samples and Answer Pages by the Isaac Walton League Exit EPA Disclaimer


Middle Schools  |  Join a Stream Team!  |  Exercise I  |  Exercise II  |  Exercise III  |  Exercise IV  |  Exercise V

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