In this activity you will use MULTIPLE websites to try to identify some of the microorganisms you are observing in your sample of pond water.
|This is just a picture... you can get ideas from it, but you need to use the websites below to try to identify what you see in your pond water.|
You MUST try to identify the organisms you see in your water sample by using the images and descriptions you find on the websites. Take a look at several of the websites before you decide what you think the organisms are.
Pond Water Critters ID page
Pond Life ID kit
Virtual Pond Dip
AAAS Pond Water A Closer Look
Pond 2 – Life in a drop of Pond Water
Once you think you've identified a microorganism you may search for other images or videos of it online to confirm your identification.
For example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmwN_mD7TvY
Also try to identify any organelles you can in the microorganisms you observe. You may see nuclei or flagella or other organelles.
Flash Animation of Cells to DNA – Compares Eukaryotic cells to bacteria and zooms from chromosomes to chromatin to dna.
Cell Size and Scale - interactivehttp://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/begin/cells/scale/