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Indiana Expeditions - Life Science

A nighttime crawdad hunt highlights the amazing array of creatures found in Indiana's natural waterways. But the fun doesn't stop there as viewers see how to build their own water habitat, plus learn ways of conserving this precious natural resource. Water, the currency of life.

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Lesson: How Much Is Too Much?

We each make choices and take risks every day. Some of us are willing to assume more risks than others. In this activity, students will decide how much risk they are willing to assume as it relates to drinking polluted water. (Note: Students do not actually drink the "polluted" water in this activity.)

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Lesson: Observation Circles

Students will use their senses and a variety of tools to make observations. They will use their observations to describe and identify various objects and will complete a detailed observation data card that can be used by other students to pick out a specific object.

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Lesson: The Secchi Disk - A Classroom Simulation

Students will explore how a Secchi disk is used to evaluate the transparency of water. Using graduated cylinders filled with different concentrations of powdered milk solution, students will measure the depth at which a miniature Secchi disk is visible.

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