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Online activities make learning about wetland biodiversity interactive! First, ecologists navigate through National Geographic's 56-page "GeoStory" about US wetland ecosystems. They use the FieldScope tool to investigate the Barataria Preserve in Louisiana and predict where assigned species might make their homes. 
Learners study life science. In this food webs and food chains comparison lesson, students examine the wetlands to discover the relationships that exist between the animals that live there. They participate in group activities and discussions and also complete independent journal entries. This lesson includes worksheets, vocabulary, and resource information.
Young scholars discuss the idea of a watershed. They build models of watersheds using paper and observe what happens to their models when it "rains". In addition, they build a second watershed to compare watersheds with wetlands to those without.
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.
Learners study the characteristics of wetlands. They are introduced to terms and different examples of wetlands. The hands-on activity reinforces the different parts of the wetlands, and provides a working model of a wetland.
Learners plant wetland plants in aquatic soil and regular soil. They test the effect fertilizers have on each and record the chemicals found in run-off water collected from each soil sample.
Sixth graders identify plants in the wetlands. In this plant detectives lesson, 6th graders complete a scavenger hunt on a local reserve, record observations, and respond in their journals. 
Students research wetlands in the United States and create visual aids for use in oral presentations that make recommendations on preserving or restoring wetland welfare.
Young scholars explore the wetlands. They participate in numerous activities to explore food chains, food webs, and energy in the ecosystem. Students read stories, sing songs, visit specified websites, and participate in games to discover relationships among a community of living things.
Students examine wetlands and what the effects of destroying them will do.  In this wetland lesson students relate the importance of wetland functions to their own needs. 
Students investigate watersheds and wetlands. In this watersheds and wetlands lesson, students complete a 17 step lesson plan to build a watershed. Students then complete another 9 step lesson to build a watershed with wetlands and compare the wetland watershed to the non-wetland watershed. Students then hypothesize the effects of pesticides on wetlands by adding pesticide to their watershed and observe the effects.
Students describe three major categories of indicators that are used to delineate wetlands.  In this wetlands lesson students visit a wetland and make observations then complete an activity using the soil. 
Students collaborate on the plannng and implementation of the Sarita Wetland Restoration. The Sarita Wetland is the remnant of former Lake Sarita that was drained in the early 1900's. The goal of the entire project is to improve water quality and wildlife habitat and use the wetland area for education and research.
Middle schoolers determine the role of producers, consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem. In this biology lesson, students construct a wetland food web. They apply what they learned by playing a board game.
Fifth graders describe a wetland habitat and its components. They provide, in writing, at least one example of a wetland food chain, relate wetlands to ecological functions, and relate the importance of wetland functions to their own needs and daily lives.
Upper graders identify the major characteristics of a wetland. They explore the human factors that change a wetland and write a descriptive paragraph about wetlands. This comprehensive lesson also has an interactive "Watershed Game" embedded in it, along with many other extension activities that should make this a meaningful and enjoyable learning experience.
Fifth graders use a real life scenario of the wetlands to gather information on creatures of the habitat.  For this wetlands lesson, 5th graders research the interdependence of organisms in a healthy habitat. Students collected samples and photographs in groups on field trips.  Students classify their information and share what they've learned.
Fourth graders learn what a wetland is, where they can be found, and what types of plants, animals and characteristic are associated with the wetlands. They also participate in an activity to explore and enhance their knowledge of specific animals, plants, and characteristics that are found in the wetlands.
In this science activity, students look for the answers to questions that are related to the natural ecosystems of wetlands written in multiple choice or short answer form.
In this environment worksheet, middle schoolers participate in a number of activities concerning the wetlands of Florida. This includes an experiment.

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