Eutrophication Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides an activity, lesson quiz, discussion questions and topics, as well as key terms that will help students learn about the causes and consequences of eutrophication.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students should be able to:

  • define eutrophication
  • identify the causes of eutrophication
  • discuss the consequences of eutrophication
  • describe ways by which eutrophication can be prevented


45-90 minutes without the activity


  • Images of algal blooms and the effects of eutrophication on bodies of water
  • Colored pencils or other drawing material (crayons, paint, markers, etc.)
  • Blank poster boards

Curriculum Standards


Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; trace the text's explanation or depiction of a complex process, phenomenon, or concept; provide an accurate summary of the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.9-10.1

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.10

By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Key Terms

  • Oligotrophic
  • Eutrophication
  • Algal blooms
  • Hypoxic
  • Dead zone


Warm Up

  • Start the class off with these questions:
    • Has anyone ever seen a really green looking pond?
    • Why do you think it was so green?

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