What is Plankton? - Definition, Types & Facts


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Plankton is a group of organisms that:

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1. A type of zooplankton is:

2. Plankton are important organisms in aquatic environments because:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Outside of the cartoon world, plankton aren't trying to steal secret burger formulas. They spend most of their time drifting through the ocean. This multiple choice quiz/worksheet combo will help test your understanding of the definition, types and characteristics of various types of plankton.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The quiz and worksheet will test you on the following features of plankton:

  • Definition of plankton
  • Types of plankton
  • The importance of plankton in aquatic environments

Skills Practiced

These assessments will allow students to test their knowledge using the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast types of plankton from the lesson, such as phytoplankton and zooplankton
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the importance of plankton
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about characteristics of various types of plankton

Additional Learning

To learn more about characteristics of various types of plankton, review the accompanying lesson, What is Plankton? - Definition, Types & Facts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Analyze how plankton contribute to the well-being of the oceans
  • Examine types of phytoplankton and give examples
  • Explore characteristics of zooplankton