MiniSASS lesson plan
Step by step guide to ease your students through this scientific enquiry
Years: 4, 6
Curriculum Objectives: 9
Get to grips with the issues that threaten our fresh water before diving in to this water based challenge.
Water Explorers, part of Global Action Plan, have provided this fantastic lesson plan and resources to enable a quality scientific investigation into the health of the school pond or other nearby water source.
MiniSASS stands for a Stream Assessment Scoring System and can be used to monitor the health of a pond, river or other water source and measure the general quality of the water. It uses the composition of macroinvertebrates (small animals) living in rivers and is based on the sensitivity of the various animals to water quality.
For more fabulous resources like this one, check out the Water Explorer school programme at http://www.waterexplorer.org/home where you can access a wide range of engaging water based lesson plans for free!