A CIESE Collaborative Project

Lesson Plan Three

Preparing a Final Report


After all the participating classes have submitted their macroinvertebrate identification findings and they have been posted to the Student Area, your students will read the submissions, draw conclusions, and answer the project question: Were the organisms the same in all the pond water samples? You may keep the reports for classroom use only or submit your conclusions to the Discussion Area. You may also use the Discussion Area to pose questions to other participants.


Students will:

  • Analyze data/information for meaning.
  • Write to inform and report to others.
  • Distinguish between observations that support a hypothesis and those that do not.
  • Evaluate and modify their own hypotheses.


To do this activity, students need to see the reports that were posted to the Discussion Area.
Students can access the Discussion Area individually or in groups. If the classroom has one computer, the teacher can make printouts of the messages.

Time: One or two class periods


For this activity, do the following:

  • Have the students restate their hypotheses.
  • Give them time to review the identification reports in the Student Gallery
  • Lead a whole class discussion centering on whether or not the discussion area reports supported or did not support their hypotheses.
  • Students should return to their groups and write their final reports.
  • Students should include their answers to the following questions in their reports:
    • Look at the locations of the schools that submitted data. Were they located in different parts of the United States? Were any of the participating classes from other countries?
    • How did the types of organisms you found compare with those found by others?
    • What conclusions did you draw?
    • Did your findings prove or disprove your hypothesis? Give your reasons.
    • How did the new information change your thinking?
    • What questions would you like to ask other project participants?