Our Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems Student Book features illustrations and activities that help middle school students understand, appreciate and conserve Missouri’s waters.
Browse Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems ten chapter topics and resources.
Water is Life introduces the concept of the hydrosphere, the special properties of water, and why clean water is important to quality of life.
The Ultimate Recyclable traces the water cycle, explains how it drives Missouri’s weather and climate, and shows how water is treated for safe drinking.
What’s Your Watershed Address? overviews Missouri’s major watersheds and shows how run-off from various sources affects a water body and aquatic life.
Expanding on the concept of species adaptation, Living in the Water illustrates how Missouri fish have adapted to their aquatic environments.
From Sun to Sunfish shows how energy circulates through an aquatic community via the food chain and explains the roles of predator and prey within the community.
Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems explains the three types of aquatic ecosystems: rivers and streams, lakes and ponds, and wetlands—and how they interact with one another.
Rivers and Streams examines the parts of a stream, stream-order ranking, and what water quality indicators tell us about stream health.
Lakes and Ponds describes different types of lakes and ponds, explains the role of oxygen in supporting an aquatic community, compares land and water plants, and shows the life cycle of a pond.
Swamps and Marshes overviews Missouri’s wetland types, explains how wetland soil works, lists examples of wetland plant adaptation, and explains how wetlands filter water and provide flood control.
Fishing for Answers shows how to catch more Missouri fish using knowledge of aquatic ecosystems, explains the need for fishing limits and seasons, and outlines ethical fishing behavior.
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