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Ninth graders explain interrelationships in salt marsh ecosystems. In this ecosystem lesson plan, 9th graders explain salt marsh populations and how abiotic and biotic factors affect them.
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.
7th - 8th
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.
5th - 8th
Students research and they role-play the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change.
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.
Pupils 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.
5th - 8th
Water, currents, waves, salt marshes, and The Chesapeake Bay make up the categories for this Jeopardy-style game. In terms of functionality, it works well. However, it is unlikely that you focus on the Chesapeake Bay as part of your water unit. If you do, this PowerPoint is for you! If not, you could invest a little time in changing that category and the associated questions. This task would definitely be simpler than starting from scratch!
6th - 8th
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.
1st - 3rd
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.
1st - 2nd
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.
9th - Higher Ed
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.
4th - 5th
In this salt march plant and animals worksheet, learners 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. Learners further read about spartina grass and its adaptations.
6th - 8th
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.
6th - 9th
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.
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.
Students focus on the Pickleweed plant growing in the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. The different biological communities surrounding the lake which are divided into beaches, inland salt marshes, salt playas and saline plains, form the ecosystems explored i
2nd - 5th
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.
6th - 8th
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.
6th - 8th
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.
6th - 7th
Students investigate interrelationships among organisms. In this salt water lesson plan, students create a model of a salt water ecosystem. They maintain and track changes in population, plant growth, and water quality.