GCSE Science - Sampling techniques
This lesson supports students to develop the 'sampling techniques' component of working scientifically for GCSE. It is based on current research being conducted by Exeter University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Students work scientifically to discover if zooplankton and microplastic occur together.
In this lesson students learn how to apply sampling techniques, using real field data collected by Dr Lewis’ team. The context of this lesson is the voyage the team took to the Gulf of Maine to investigate if zooplankton and microplastics co-occur.
This full lesson includes:
Lesson Overview & Teacher Guidance
Slideshow 4 Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together?
Student Sheet 4a Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together?
Student Sheet 4b Do zooplankton and microplastics occur together? (higher)
Answer Sheet for Student Sheet 4a & 4b

This is Lesson 4 of 7 in the Plankton, Plastics and Poo unit of work, which is based on current research being conducted at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory. The unit consists of enquiry-based lessons which support students to work scientifically by simulating the researchers’ investigations, and encourages students to the use their findings to have a wider impact.
The resource uses innovative methods to bring cutting edge science to the classroom, including:
- Using real field and laboratory data.
- Practical investigations that replicate the work of the scientists.
- Using social media to connect with the scientists.
- The opportunity to connect with scientists through Skype in the classroom events.

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  • PPP---Answer-Sheet-for-Student-Sheets-4a-and-4b.pdf
  • PPP---Lesson-4---Lesson-overview---teacher-guidance---Do-zooplankton-and-microplastic-occur-together.pdf
  • PPP---Slideshow-4---Do-zooplankton-and-microplastics-occur-together.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-4a---Do-zooplankton-and-microplastics-occur-together.pdf
  • PPP---Student-Sheet-4b---Do-zooplankton-and-microplastics-occur-together-higher.pdf

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Created: Jun 9, 2016

Updated: Mar 6, 2019


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