Grades 6-8 Student Book

Our Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems Student Book features illustrations and activities that help middle school students understand, appreciate and conserve Missouri’s waters.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Intro

Browse Conserving Missouri’s Aquatic Ecosystems ten chapter topics and resources.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter One

Water is Life introduces the concept of the hydrosphere, the special properties of water, and why clean water is important to quality of life.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Two

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Three

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Four

Expanding on the concept of species adaptation, Living in the Water illustrates how Missouri fish have adapted to their aquatic environments.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Five

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Six

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Seven

Rivers and Streams examines the parts of a stream, stream-order ranking, and what water quality indicators tell us about stream health.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Eight

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Nine

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Chapter Ten

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.

Grades 6-8 Student Book Glossary and Bibliography

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