Bugs in the Mud

Theme:Water Science
Map #:10


At this activity center, students will discover the strange creatures living in the Benthic Zone!  Identify bugs that are important indicators of your lake’s health.

Presented by the Dorset Environmental Science Centre, Ministry of Environment.

Key Messages

  • introduction to invertebrate species that live within the benthic zone
  • these species can help us determine the health of our water systems

Ontario Curriculum Connections

Science and Technology:
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 4 (Habitats and Communities)
    • identify factors that affect the ability of plants and animals to survive in a specific habitat
    • demonstrate and understanding of habitats as areas that provide plants and animals with the necessities of life
    • demonstrate an understanding of a community as a group of interacting species sharing a common habitat
    • describe structural adaptations that allow plants and animals to survive in specific habitats
    • demonstrate an understanding of why all habitats have limits to the number of plants and animals they can support
  • Understanding Life Systems, Grade 6 (Biodiversity)
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within and among communities is important for maintaining the resilience of these communities
    • describe interrelationships within species, between species and between species and their environment, and explain how these interrelationships sustain biodiversity
    • use scientific inquiry/research skills to compare the characteristics of organisms within the plant or animal kingdoms
    • demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communitties and the physical landscapes that support them
    • describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species
    • investigate the organisms found in a specific habitat and classify them according to a classification system


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