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- Colleen M., Special Education Teacher
- Virginia Beach, VA
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Learners 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.
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.
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.
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.
Four lessons introduce elementary ecologists to salt marsh and sandy beach habitats. In the first lesson, they place shells and other materials in vinegar to determine if they contain calcium carbonate. In the second lesson, 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, learners make plankton models from playdough and experiment to see if different shapes float more readily. The final lesson prepares them for a field trip to the salt marsh.
Appraise the great exposition of chapters one through nine of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens with brain-picking questions that probe the complexities of the characters, plot, quotes from the novel, and particular phrases, sayings, minor characters, and details of the story. Satisfy your readers by using this activity for a quiz, homework, group work, or for discussion.
Investigate ways to repair and preserve coastal resources. Your class will give examples of human and natural activity that has damaged coastal resources, and then describe 3 restoration projects and they describe 3 ways people can contribute to coastal restoration. Groups of students investigate a case study and prepare a report related to coastal restoration.
Students investigate estuarine research reserves. In this natural laboratories lesson plan, students explore the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and interpret data from the sites to study nutrients in estuaries. Students research these systems on line and answer 20 questions about their discoveries.
Students compare and contrast fresh and salt water coastal environments. After describing how sea animals adapt to their habitats, they design a variety of sea creatures and explain how the adaptations aid in the animals' survival. Students also name their creatures and repeat the procedure for freshwater habitats and animals. In addition, they set up classroom aquariums for observation.
Students examine the history of the National parks. In groups, they discuss the concepts of conservation and preservation. They discuss the use of natural resources and how some are renewable and non-renewable. To end the instructional activity, they research the role of Gifford Pinchot and the Hetch Hetchy controversy and discuss with the class.