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Activity Description of "Secret Lives of Nematodes"

Title Secret Lives of Nematodes
Audience Grades 8-14
Abstract In this activity, students look for insect-killing nematodes in the soil. Students collect soil samples, "bait" the soil with living insects, then monitor what happens. The insects may die, and some of them may have been killed by nematodes. To test if they were killed by nematodes, students set up a "nematode harvester" and after 1-2 weeks, nematodes may emerge from the dead insect and swim into water.
Author Samantha Orchard
Email samantha_orchard@yahoo.com
Subjects Advanced Biology, Biology, Life Science
Special Categories
Unifying Concept Evidence, models, and explanation
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Nature of scientific knowledge
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesEnvironmental quality
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences Interdependence of organisms, Behavior of organisms, Diversity and adaptations of organisms
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