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Lichens As Air Quality Indicators

Lesson Description:
  • Students will collect lichen data on 100-cirlce grid
  • Students will measure and establish research parameters
  • Student will calculate % of lichen types
  • Students will communicate findings as a research report

Lesson Type:
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Green Building
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Building Program

Time Needed:
2 weeks
Standards Addressed:
  • Science as inquiry
  • Populations and ecosystems
  • Nature of science
  • Diversity & adaptations of organisms

Materials Needed:
(per student team)
  • Compass
  • Measuring tape
  • GPS
  • String
  • Basic lichen id book
  • 100 circle grid

School or Group:
National Environmental Education Week
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf LichensNew.pdf
Located in: Science

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