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Biodiversity in a Wetland Ecosystem
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. Vocabulary, background information, links to websites, and templates for handouts make this a comprehensive resource to use in your life science class.
Wetland Ecology Through Literature
Being a good scientist means identifying important information to support your thoughts and ideas. Learners investigate the effects of water pollution on wetland habitats by reading a series of literary and informational texts. In small groups, they read through several books, collate the information, and then present their findings through a brief oral report. A great lesson for making good readers out of your budding scientific researchers.
Wetland Food Webs
Students 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.
Watersheds and Wetlands
Students 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.
Wetlands and Saltmarshes
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.
Wetlands Are Wonderful
Students 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.
Wetland/Estuary Structure and Functions
Students 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.
Wetland Plant Detectives
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.
Energy Flow in an Alaska Wetland
Students determine the role of producers, consumers and decomposers in an ecosystem. In this biology lesson plan, 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.
Wild and Wetlands
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.
Wetlands Systems and the Water Cycle
Students design an artificial wetland for one semester and monitor their living machine in class. They will record their observations for further investigation.
Red Tail Ridge Wetland Study Project
Fifth graders use a real life scenario of the wetlands to gather information on creatures of the habitat. In 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.
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.
Wetlands Are Wonderlands!
Students 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.
Wetland in a Pan
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.
Watersheds and Wetlands
Pupils investigate watersheds and wetlands. In this watersheds and wetlands lesson, students complete a 17 step lesson plan to build a watershed. Pupils 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.
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.
Introduction to Wetlands
Students describe the characteristics of a wetland, identify plants and animals found there, and how those plants and animals have adapted to their environment. They visit stations, view a video, and complete a KWL about the wetlands.
Students construct and observe a model of two different types of wetlands. In this wetlands lesson, students create a model of a wetland with constant drainage and a wetland that maintains a well-saturated soil. Students observe and record changes in soil, plant life, water level and animal life over the course of two weeks.