Lower Secondary

Waterbugs Higher Level Key

Use this key to identify bugs using the Agreed Level Taxonomy (ALT) method.

Some waterbugs are impossible to identify without a microscope, the best thing about ALT is that it uses features that are visible to the naked eye to identify macroinvertebrates.

For more info on ALT method, go to: thewaterbug.net

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Waterbug poster

Use this poster as a field guide to identify waterbugs in your sample, understand the in-stream habitats they prefer and use the sensitivity scores to rate the health of your waterway.

It can be laminated (or similar) and used with white board markers for longevity.

 

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Waterbug colouring sheets

Use Melbourne Water’s beautiful colouring images of waterbugs for education / relaxation.

A mix of waterbugs

Sensitive waterbugs

Mayfly life cycles

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Platypus colouring sheet

Use Melbourne Water’s beautiful image of the platypus as a mindful colouring activity.

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Carp Fact Sheet

Find out about this introduced fish species and how carp impact on our waterways

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How to make a bug dial

Make your own bug dial so that you can look at individual bugs and the way they move, their tolerance, where they live and special features.

 

 

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Run of the river board game

The famous Waterwatch game Run of the River can be taken into the classroom very easily:

Download the Board

Read the Teacher Instructions

And find out How to play

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Creating a frog friendly habitat

Find out all about how to create a frog friendly habitat

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Controlling carp fact sheet

Find out all about the National Carp Control Plan – informative and interesting!

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Salinity – fact sheet

Salinity refers to the movement and concentration of salt through the landscape. Find out more here!

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What is a catchment?

A catchment is the area of land from which rainfall flows to form a creek or river.  Catchments and waterways are interrelated – all things within a catchment impact on waterway health and the waterways can impact on the health of the catchment.

 

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Algae fact sheet

What algae is that? Why is it there? Find out more here!

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Stormwater fact sheet

What is stormwater? Where does it come from, where does it go and what can we do to help protect our waterways?

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Phosphorus – fact sheet

Your quick reference guide to all things phosphorus.

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Habitats near a waterway – fact sheet

Find out about the different habitats near and in a waterway and why they are important.

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What is the riparian zone? – fact sheet

The riparian zone is any land that adjoins, directly influences, or is influenced by a body of water. Find out what the values, threats and management concerns are.

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Blackwater Fact sheet

Find out about why water sometimes turns black!

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Woody Habitat Fact Sheet

Find out what woody habitat is and why it is an important part of waterways.

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Foam fact sheet

Find out how and why foam occurs in waterways.

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The Natural Water Cycle

Explore the Natural Water Cycle through South East Water’s interactive game

 

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Maps of the North Central Catchments

Find out what waterways, towns and geographical features are withing the catchments of north central Victoria;

Upper Loddon Map; Upper Campaspe Map; Upper Avoca River Map; Lower Loddon River Map; Lower Campaspe Map; Lower Avoca Map; Loddon West Map; Loddon East Map; Gunbower Map; Coliban Map; Avon Richardson Map

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Brain bending time fillers

Engaging activities to stimulate minds and consolidate learning in those idle moments in your classroom schedule

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Turbidity Fact Sheet

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pH Fact sheet

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