8th Grade Stream Team
8th Grade Stream Team
Stream TeamEight grade students traveled to the Marquerite Bray Conservation Area for Missouri Department of Conservation Stream Team activities.  Students first completed a site survey of the tributary to Beaver Creek including stream habitat, riparian cover, stream bank vegetation, streambed make-up and land use in the watershed,  Students measured stream width and depth and measured how fast the water was flowing so that stream discharge could be calculated.  Each group of three to four students also collected samples of macroinvertebrates from the stream.  They identified and counted the organisms to use as a general indicator of stream health.

Mrs. Drallmeier uses the MDC Conserving Missouri's Aquatic Ecosystems materials to teach required ecology content.  The comprehensive instructional material and activities have been correlated to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Science Grade-Level Expectations.  Students learn about the complex web of relationships between living things (including themselves) in thier own Missouri rivers and streams.  A major goal of the unit is for students to internalize the depth of wisdom of Sierra Club founder, John Muir, When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to everything else in the universe.