For Instructors

This lesson explores the idea that the things we throw away may harm other organisms by testing the effect of toxins on brine shrimp. This lesson introduces the major pathways through which hazardous waste enter aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and provides an overview of the impacts of wastes such as heavy metal ions, strong acids or bases, and persistent organic compounds on plants and animals.

  • 3 activities
  • 2 class periods
  • Strategies: Define, 4-square brainstorm, test, collect and display data, analyze
  • Homework: Research
  • Standards alignment:
    • NGSS: HS-LS2-4, HS-ESS3-3, HS-ESS3-6

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