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Salt Marsh Food Web
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.
Field Trip to the Salt Marsh/Coastal Ecosystem
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.
The Marsh Land as a Changing Environment
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.
The Living Marsh
Students 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.
Drama in the Salt Marsh
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.
Who Eats Whom in the Salt Marsh?
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.
Coastal Ecosystems: Salt Marshes and Mangroves
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.
Invasives and Marsh Birds
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.
Wetlands and Saltmarshes
Students identify the different functions of a wetland system and why the system is important to the St. Mary's River ecosystem and the environment. They play a migration game and write a journal about the salt marsh periwinkle and how wetlands and marshes are important to its survival.
Nutria And The Disappearing Marsh
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 discuss the causes and effects of pollution. In this biology instructional activity, students explain the environmental benefits of a salt marsh. They explain how eutrophication occur.
Changing With the Tide
Learners research and they role-play the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.
Salt Marshes And Their Inhabitants
Students 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.
The Wingra Marsh: A Purple Population Problem
Students 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.
Why is a salt marsh important?
Students 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? Students discuss whose habitat is it at the salt marsh.
Explorit's Wetlands Quiz
In this wetlands worksheet, students complete a 31 question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about marshes and wetlands.
A Tail to Tell
Students observe populations of Lumbriculus to discover some of the adaptations that allow them to live successfully along the shores of ponds and marshes. They also design and perform experiments to test proposed hypotheses for these observed behaviors.
Salt Marshes - Biotic Perspectives
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.
Marvelous Marshes of the Chesapeake
Third graders identify sources of salt water and fresh water that enter the Chesapeake Bay. They build a model watershed and describe how runoff enters the Bay.
Salt Marsh Plants and Animals
For this salt march plant and animals worksheet, students read descriptions of animals, then match each to its picture. Students then read about tidal animals and choose which animals in picture are most likely to be in a salt march at low tide and high tide. Students further read about spartina grass and its adaptations.