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Stream Days Teacher Information

Stream DaysStream Days Teacher Information

Stream Days are field days for experiencing water quality monitoring and other streamside activities

Dates set for 2005: September 22 and 23 at Bryant Creek, and other sites to be determined. For more information on signing up your class for Stream Days, and choosing a site near you, email us. (Please note: sites are limited to our service area)

  For the 2004 Stream Days for 7th graders, teachers received copies of the Stream Days Activities Booklet for each student. This booklet, written by Mary Ann Mutrux, an active 8th grade teacher, is designed to accompany two Missouri Department of Conservation publications which students read and use to answer questions, to help prepare them for the visit.

Students look over the booklet for some ideas about what will take place at the stream. Time for journaling and reflection is incorporated into the booklet. A scoring guide is included to prepare students for how they will be evaluated. A supplemental Teacher Resource Guide is provided.

Activities during the day:

  • calculating water quality based on macroinvertebrate sampling
  • measuring water chemistry parameters
  • visually assessing stream characteristics
  • observing the effects of erosion through use of a stream table
  • understanding overall watershed usage.

Who leads the activities?

Professionals from the Missouri Department of Conservation, Stream Team members, and retired science teachers will lead the activities. College students from Southwest Missouri State University-West Plains and members of the Missouri Master Naturalist program will volunteer to aid the professionals.

Overall Objectives:

  • Water Quality can be monitored with diversity of macroinvertebrates.
  • Stream life is dependent upon oxygen in the water and diversity of habitat.
  • The riparian corridor has an effect on stream habitat and water quality.
  • Overall water quality is a reflection of the watershed.
  • Natural and human activities can alter the level of dissolved oxygen.
  • Stream erosion is a natural process accelerated by poor land management.
  • Accelerated erosion can negatively impact water quality and stream life.

Correlation to the Show-Me Standards

Prior to Visit:
Content Standards CA 3, SC 5
Process Standards Goal 1- 1 Goal 2 1

Stream Visit:
Content Standards SC 3, 4, 5, 8
Process Standards Goal 1 - 3, Goal 2 - 1

Downloads & Activities
  Pre/Post Test
Stream Days Activities Booklet
PDF printable version includes stream table and biomonitoring activities, stream insects identification keys, stream corridor scavenger hunt and more.
Word Matching Exercise
Vocabulary from the Activity Booklet. Preview the worksheet, download the PDF. Teachers: email us for the answer key.
Stream Corridor Scavenger Hunt  
From the Activities Booklet. Preview the worksheet, download the PDF.
Teacher Resource Guide
Companion guide to the booklet.

Photo Gallery
Photos for student use in class projects

  The development of content for Stream Days is funded through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VII, through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, has provided partial funding for this project under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act.