Can Small Pollutants Harm Aquatic Organisms?

Nanoparticles have toxic effects on plant and animal life—even though you can't see them. The second instructional activity of a two-part series has young scientists conduct an experiment that exposes plant and animals to nanoparticle pollutants. They chart the results of the exposure over time and make conclusions based on their observations.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils research common local pollutants and their effects on the local plants and animals
  • Incorporate during a unit on environmental pollutants
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a specific set of materials for lab activity
Pros

  • Highlights relevant scientific vocabulary
  • Includes an extension activity for advanced classes
Cons

  • None