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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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
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.
Fifth graders make drawings of salt marsh plant and animal life. They explore the plants and animals that inhabit the salt marsh. They access an Internet site and tour a Georgia salt marsh.
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.
Get close up and personal with a drop of water to discover how the polarity of its molecules affect its behavior. Elementary hydrologists split and combine water droplets, and also compare them to drops of oil. Much neater than placing a piece of wax paper over the graph paper is inserting a piece of graph paper into a resealable plastic bag and zipping it shut. This two-in-one adjustment would be easier to handle, especially for primary learners.
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 plan prepares learners to consider invisible water pollutants in a future lesson plan.
Using paper chromatography, water watchers discover that several substances might be dissolved even though they aren't visible. In this case, you will prepare a mixture of three different food colorings for them to experiment with. A brief discussion follows. This lesson is part of a unit on the properties and the conservation of water, but stands alone well as a lesson on separating mixtures for a physical science class.
Display a stunning drawing of the Gulf of Mexico's ecosystems. Learners examine the picture to determine what birds live there and what foods they rely on. Then show a poignant five-minute film that examines the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill on specific species of birds in the gulf. Hold classroom discussions about how scientists are working to help the affected bird populations. Though the lesson is simple, it can fuel a relevant discussion of how human activities affect the environment. You could follow or precede the lesson with the classic activity of dipping bird feathers in oil and showing how difficult it is to remove. Other related resource links provide the opportunity to extend this lesson as well.
Small groups place sand and ice in a covered box, place the box in the sunlight, then observe as evaporation, condensation, and precipitation occur. These models serve as miniature water cycles and demonstrations of the three phases of matter that water is found in: solid, liquid, and gas. If you can afford it, purchase a few plastic shoebox-sized tubs rather than trying to use aluminum-foil-lined cardboard boxes. The foil is certain to leak and soak the cardboard leading you to need to find a new set of boxes each school year, whereas plastic tubs can be reused. This activity is part of a unit that provides tremendous teacher resources!
One of water's claims to fame is as the universal solvent. Young physical scientists experiment to discover which materials dissolve in this special compound. You could never be more prepared for teaching this lesson than by using this resource; it comes with a video of teaching tips, a well-written lesson plan, handouts, and math and reading supplements to add cross-curricular components.
Compare the volume of an orange to the volume of liquid that can be extracted out of it. Also compare the mass of an apple before and after it has been dried out. In both of these activities, children find that there is an appreciable amount of water contained in fruit. This is an interesting lesson, but one that could be left out of the unit if you are running short on time.
Physical or life science learners measure the amounts of water eliminated by intestines and the urinary system, and the amounts lost via respiration and perspiration. In doing so, they discover that the body's water must be replenished regularly. Consider crafting a lab sheet or projectable instructions to prevent having to repeat the procedure several times. Another option would be to conduct this lesson as a demonstration rather than as a group activity.