- Recognize that temperature can affect the organisms that live
- Describe the factors that can change the temperature of a body
- Measure, graph and interpret the effects of temperature on fish
Multiple-choice items make up the pre-test..
You have been provided copies of the exams for your students. You may print
additional copies if you desire. Access the answer key (among the resources
above) to check your students' answers.
Multiple-choice items make up the post-test.
You have been provided copies of the exams for your students. You may
print additional copies if you desire. Access the answer key (among the
resources above) to check your students' answers.
This lesson can be taught at any time in the Water Quality
module; it allows the students to get a feel for how temperature effects
the environment. The lesson uses real world examples to demonstrate the
different factors that affect the temperature of a body of water.
As the students go through the presentation, they will be exposed to different
bodies of water as well as the subject of water pollution. For class
discussion, the teacher may want to emphasize the interactive animation
of how the fish reacts to different temperatures in its environment.
The teacher may also want to use other interactive examples that are not
able to be used via the internet.
The activity is designed to help students appreciate
how temperature fluctuation in an organism's environment can affect the
organism. In this experiment, the students will observe fish in
water of various temperatures. The teacher may want to demonstrate
to the class how to observe and quantify the movements of the fish.
The students should notice differences in the fish's behavior, if the
experiment goes smoothly. They should also gain an appreciation
for how temperature changes effect the physiological functioning of the
Note: There may not be any results
that students can observe in the experiment. But that is okay!
It is part of the scientific method. Not all experiments produce
results. If nothing happens, have them explain why and have them
explain what they would do to change the experiment so that there would
be observable changes.
Software used in the lesson
Microsoft Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator
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