Plankton Activity Lab

Focus Question: How does the time of day affect the amount and/or types of Plankton in the coastal zone. Objectives: The students will: 1. Identify types of plankton, either Phytoplankton or Zooplankton, utilizing the reference key found under web resources. 2. Determine how the amount of light (time of day) affects the numbers and types of plankton. 3. Research one phytoplankton and one zooplankton through the internet and write a paragraph describing the classification and characteristics of this plankton as part of the lab report. 4. Develop a hypothesis and conduct an experiment following the scientific method. 


Jeff Graham adapted by Ann M. Middleton
Organization Affiliation
Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO)
Grade Level