Salt Creek Investigation

Investigation: Stream Monitoring

Online Resources - Investigation - Assessment

A) Start the investigation in your groups. Use the Internet to check on recent news around the world about environmental problems, especially concerning water habitats. Record your findings, include your resource sites and a short summary of what you found at that site. We will discuss your investigations with the rest of the class. If you need a start, here are some sites.

B) Based on your findings, what do you need to check when we do our field studies at Salt Creek? In your group, make a list of tests you think would give you an accurate assessment of the creek conditions to determine if a problem exists. Check out these tests.

Habitat Assessment

Stream Discharge Estimate

Macroinvertebrate Tally

C) You have completed your data collection. Compare your results with other groups and with data collected from the Illinois RiverWatch data files from 1995-1998. Does your group feel there is a problem with the creek? Is there a significant difference in the data collected then and now?Could other parts of the creek produce different data? How would you find out if other schools have completed tests along different parts of the creek?

Spend some time searching for other information. (If you feel that your data is accurate and significantly different from previous years, your group may be able to submit your data to the RiverWatch data files.) All your data must be checked and your group must formulate a hypothesis based on your research. Use the Intervention Hypothesis Form for your report.

D) The last step is to share your information with others. Who needs to know what you have learned? Determine to whom you would like to present your information. Then, create your presentation. You may use Web pages, PowerPoint, etc. See me if you need materials or time to complete your presentation. We will work on the assessment of your presentation together. Schedule a time when your group will be ready to discuss your plans.

Authors: Dr. Bonnie Kuhrt, Kathe Lacey-Anderson and Kim Provus from Carl Sandburg Jr. High School in Rolling Meadows, Illinois and Sharon White for the Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: August 9, 1999