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Ninth graders explain interrelationships in salt marsh ecosystems. In this ecosystem lesson, 9th graders explain salt marsh populations and how abiotic and biotic factors affect them.
Sixth graders continue their examination of the state of Connecticut. After taking a field trip, they identify the types of birds, plants, invertebrates and vertebrates who make their home in the salt marshes. In groups, they identify the types of organisms that cannot live or function without the presence of another organism. They research ways humans are destroying the marshland and compare aerial photographs and topographical maps.
Young scholars research species native to Louisiana's fresh marshes. They create freshwater food chains using researched species for presentation to the class. A class food web is created using individual food chains.
Seventh graders complete a virtual online salt marsh tour. In groups, they observe and identify the various types of animals found in the marsh. After categorizing the animals, they create a food web based on the animals role in the ecosystem.
What factors drive a coastal ecosystem? Marine biology or environmental studies classes find out by viewing this presentation. They meet the fauna and flora of salt marshes and mangroves. They are familiarized with threats to these fragile ecological communities. Neatly formatted text slides are interspersed with large photographs that help bring information to life.
Students research and they role-play the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.
Young analysts examine changes in the nutria population, vegetation density, and marsh area over time in the wetlands of Louisiana. They import data and use the TI-73 Explorer to graph and analyze the effects of nutria on marsh loss.
Students identify the animals and plants of the salt marsh, recall the benefits of it and assess the ecosystem components.  In this salt marsh lesson students get to see the ecosystem firsthand and conduct population estimates of snails and apply it to how scientists conduct experiments. 
In this wetlands instructional activity, learners complete a 31 question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about marshes and wetlands.
Students comprehend how tides can impact shoreline plant communities through the study of a freshwater tidal marsh. They use actual tidal data to show that tidal ranges differ among geographic locations, even those relatively close together. Students compare a freshwater tidal marsh to a peatland.
Young scholars investigate the ecosystem of the salt marshes. This is done in order to develop an appreciation for this type of environment. They conduct research using a variety of resources. Students are given samples of different organisms found in the salt marshes and then they are discussed at the lab stations.
Learners engage students in an ecological inquiry. They author a presentation to the Grounds Management Committee of their school giving their recommendation for the control of the invasive species purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) on campus.
Middle schoolers discuss the salt marsh. They define the following terms: habitat, water, land and air. Students work in small groups. They are asked why are they going to a salt marsh? Middle schoolers discuss whose habitat is it at the salt marsh.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 10 multiple choice questions regarding the book A Day in the Salt Marsh. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
In this literature worksheet, students first read the book A Day in the Salt Marsh. Students complete a ten question multiple choice quiz about the book.
The vocabulary used in this presentation on salt marshes makes it most appropriate for high school or college level ecology classes. The content, however, is relatively simple; It introduces the flora and fauna of this type of ecosystem. There is a slide describing productivity and one of a sample food web as well. 
Middle schoolers are introduced to the various organisms that live in a salt marsh. They recognize adaptations of organisms that live in the salt marsh. Pupils review concepts of the ecosystem and niche. Students explain the different roles in an ecosystem using the example of a salt marsh. They demonstrate how abiotic factors such as wind, sun, water and oxygen affect biotic factors in an ecosystem.
Students are taught that invasive plant removal can have a variety of impacts. They are shown this by using graphs. Students view maps of vegetation change on Iona Island. They discuss implications of changes on marsh birds using data and photos.
Students discuss the causes and effects of pollution. In this biology lesson, students explain the environmental benefits of a salt marsh. They explain how eutrophication occur.
Here is a comprehensive and lengthy presentation on tidal wetlands. Many photos of grasses and the animals that live among them are included, making this a virtual field trip. The progression of the presentation is as if you would walk from the shore, through the lower and upper marsh, the storm zone, and finally the maritime forest. As long as your learners have a strong attention span, this resource is a thorough way to teach them about the wetlands habitat.

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