Session 2008-108 with James Street Academy


The School

School Name James Street Academy
School Homepage < LEFT BLANK >
Community Urban
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught Science
Grades Taught 7th Grade, 8th Grade
Number of Students 55

The Project

Project Title Classy Inverts
Insects To Study aquatic macroinvertebrates
Project Description The students at James Street Academy are high risk youth from an urban setting. As an alternative education facility, many students have been let down by the traditional education system and our school serves as a last chance before juvenile detention. Due to their tough home lives our students have missed out on opportunities to explore their outside worlds. The Bugscope project will afford them the chance to learn about their natural environment in a unique way and introduce them to an entire field of study. We will be using Bugscope as part of our unit on invertebrates and classification. A month prior we sunk an onion bag with decaying leaves into a freshwater stream to collect macroinvertebrates. In the upcoming weeks we will pull out its contents and will identify our subjects using dichotomous keys. We will use Bugscope to view more closely specific morphologies (such as differences in mouth parts and number of tails) necessary to identify species. In addition, we will take advantage of light microscopy to learn more about animal adaptations (such as the caddisfly larvae’s construction of a “house”). In conclusion, we will make an assessment of the water quality of the stream based on our findings. This project is also an introduction to our classroom conservation project through Trout Unlimited. In the upcoming month’s we will be raising native trout to be released in the spring at a nearby creek.


Where did you hear about Bugscope? I was made aware of the Bugscope Project by another educator who had seen your website and forwarded me the address.

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