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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.
Students study the habitat of the terrapin. For this terrapin lesson, students create a diorama of the habitat of the terrapin. Students also simulate how it would look if people moved into the area and how predators can threaten terrapin babies.
Four lessons introduce elementary ecologists to salt marsh and sandy beach habitats. In the first lesson plan, they place shells and other materials in vinegar to determine if they contain calcium carbonate. In the second lesson plan, they read a mystery in which a blue crab has gone missing. The mystery is solved by the habitat clues that you provide. In the third lesson plan, learners make plankton models from playdough and experiment to see if different shapes float more readily. The final lesson plan prepares them for a field trip to the salt marsh.
Students build a model of an estuary. In this wetland lesson, students build a model estuary with a paint tray and modeling clay. They use the model to illustrate the impact of non-point pollution on the watershed.
In this wetlands learning exercise, students complete a 31 question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about wetlands. Included are questions about plants, animals and geography.
Learners 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.
Students visit the salt marsh. They work in groups to answer questions on their worksheets. Students also work in groups to collect information. They are given an introduction to the salt marsh. Students properly store and label their specimens.
Students investigate natural organization of a wetland and the interrelationships between the wetland and the surrounding environment.
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.
Pupils observe subsidence and the effect it has on wetlands with a classroom demonstration. They think about the impact of global warming and the sea level and how it affects the marsh.
Students research and investigate invasive species, with specific focus on the exotic plant Phargmites australis and its impact on Piermont Marsh near the community of Piermont, New York.
Students engage in a lesson in order to develop the skill of observation in relation to birds. They observe common birds while taking a walk near a marsh. Students identify different species and describe physical adaptations that differentiate the water birds.
Fourth graders list three or more types of evidence of prehistoric cultures that encouraged archaeologists to investigate the marshes around the Great Salt Lake. They also explain why it is important not to disturb archaeological remains.
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.
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.
Third graders explore the interdependence among the plants and animals in natural communities.
Students explore the variety of salt marsh species and determine their classification in the food chain. After cutting out pictures of the organisms, they create a food chain placing them in the proper order. In addition, they answer questions about the species in the food web.
Although the lesson is specifically about the San Francisco Bay area, it's good enough to be adapted to any local region. Children research what the landscape in San Francisco was like prior to settlement, they consider the types of animals that lived there, and what their life was like. They each receive an animal information card, which they will use as they write a mock journal entry from the perspective of that animal. It's a day in the life of an animal prior to European contact, neat!
Ecology candidates culture pond water organisms over a few days time, then they experiment to find out how increasing nutrients affects the population. As part of a unit on water, this exploration gives your class an understanding of how important it is to protect freshwater bodies. This can be used as part of the water unit, or alone as a lesson on water pollution.
Water may appear to be crystal clear, but there could be dissolved substances present. Lab groups make a one-part-per-million of a food coloring solution to demonstrate this concept. As part of an outstanding unit about water, this lesson prepares learners to consider invisible water pollutants in a future lesson.

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