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Leaf Pack Experiment Stream Ecology Kit

Deluxe leaf pack experiment kit

Students will learn to design, implement, and analyze a scientific investigation while discovering the value of aquatic macroinvertebrates as living indicators of water quality.

The kit is reusable and flexible, adaptable to varying time contraints, number of students and grade levels, and it is geographically friendly, and complete.

All the apparatus and guides necessary for collecting, sorting, and identifying macroinvertebrates are included.

The Leaf Pack Experiment Kit also includes a comprehensive instructor’s manual — a valuable reference guide that includes background material on stream ecology, a glossary, diagrammed instructions, experiment ideas, and field and lab data sheets. Watch this video to see the kit in action!

Around $199.00 each, depending on supplier. Call LaMotte at 800-344-3100 to order (Order Code: 5882) or check their list of distributors.

Aquatic Bug Kit

A creepy, crawly, wet investigation of the health of streams, ponds, and other freshwater environments.

Following the easy-to-read BUGKIT manual, one to two students learn to collect, observe, sort, and identify aquatic insects as a tool for measuring water quality.

Students can complete the activity at home after collection or spend an afternoon outdoors beside a stream.

The BUGKIT includes mesh leaf bags for collection, trays and plastic dishes for sorting, a magnifying lens, BUG GUIDE, and a BUG BOARD identification chart. Ideal for bug-hunters, age 8 and up.

Around $24.99 each, depending on supplier. Call LaMotte at 800-344-3100 to order (Order Code: 5950) or check their list of distributors.

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Life Cycle & Habitat Flashcards

Help kids understand the life cycle and habitats of freshwater aquatic macroinvertebrates with this set of flashcards and manual.

The 22 full-color cards feature photos of both immature and adult insect stages, and detail life cycle and habitat information.

The accompanying manual contains facts on insect characteristics, life cycles, taxonomy, classification, food webs, and how macroinvertebrates can be indicators of water quality.

Around $55 each, depending on supplier. Call LaMotte at 800-344-3100 to order (Order Code: 5946) or check their list of distributors.

Aquatic Insect Identification Flashcards

Use this set of 18 full color flash cards alone or as an addition to any macroinvertebrate activity. (The set is included in the Leaf Pack Experiments Stream Ecology Kit).

The front of each card features a full-color photograph of a common macroinvertebrate in its natural environment.

A list of dichotomous characteristics, a measuring scale, and detailed drawings on the back of each card aid in the identification process.

Helpful notes prevent confusion between macroinvertebrates with a similar appearance. A hole can be punched in the wide border of the laminated cards so they can be organized on a ring for field or classroom use.

Around $45 each, depending on supplier. Call LaMotte at 800-344-3100 to order (Order Code: 5882-SA1) or check their list of distributors.

Watershed Tour™



Introduce students to stream and river ecosystems through a classroom-based tour of a virtual watershed.

Geared toward students in grades 4-8 and designed for teachers who are unable visit a stream with their students.

Students will learn about stream ecology, water quality issues, and their own connection to a watershed.

Through a week long series of hands-on TesTab® tablet tests, games, and activities, students will “test” four stations along a river continuum — from the headwaters to the mouth of the river as it enters the estuary — to study how the river changes and how human activities can influence water quality. Includes lecture materials, illustrated handouts, teacher’s tips, test procedures, TesTab® reagents, data sheets, and games. TesTab® reagents and test tubes for 30 students in groups.

View the Watershed Tour™ sample packet

Around $85 each, depending on supplier. Call LaMotte at 800-344-3100 to order (Order Code: 5419) or check their list of distributors.

Additional Equipment

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