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Wetlands Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of Wetlands. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our About Estuaries

A page from a site dedicated to informing individuals about estuaries and the importance of restoring them. From their menu, you have the choice of: 10 Top Estuary Facts, Economics of Estuaries, Reason for Habitat Loss, What is Restoration, and Why restore.

Biome Investigation
Using picture/graphical resources on the Internet as starting points, intermediate students investigate the six biomes of the world in this lesson plan. Two specific objectives are to describe the major factors that shape biomes and to represent the connections between the factors that determine biome development and plant and animal life.

Environmental Education
A unit to help teach about the Kaelepulu Wetlands in Hawaii. The author has included valuable background information on wetland issues. In addition, there are 5 lesson plans, several examples of wetland field trip reports, and a wetland bird hunt lesson plan.

Learning About Wetlands
Designed for primary students, this web site has introductory information on four types of wetlands. For the teacher, there's a set of about a dozen suggesting learning activities.

Learning Space: Wetland at Risk: What Now? WWW Research Lesson
One of the ways to integrate the Internet into your classroom is by using it as a source of current curricular information. Having students conduct research on the WWW is an effective and relevant learning activity. Here's one such learning activity for intermediate students which focusses specifically on wetlands.

Louisiana Wetlands
A site with links to Louisiana's wetlands and pages expressing the need to conserve them. Links provides pictures of the plants, animals, and descriptions of Louisiana's wetlands and bayous.

Make a Water Cycle Wheel
A lesson designed to help young students produce a water cycle wheel. The water cycle helps create wetlands as water changes from one stage to the next.

Nature Notes
A collection of more than 15 links to photos of plants and creatures found in wetlands. The author has included pictures, text and some sounds.

Salt Marshes Trailhead
This is the starting point for a virtual field trip on salt marshes from Tramline. Experts in the subject have selected a number of web sites on salt marshes and arranged them in a sequence to tell a story for students to follow. Students can move from one web stop in the field trip to the next with ample opportunity to explore within the individual web site as they wish. However, since their web browser page has been split into an inner part (showing that stop in the field trip) and an outer part (giving navigational tools to go through the entire field trip), they can always return to their "tram" and go to the next stop. To be effective, teachers would have to ensure that student browsing through the field trip sites was purposeful. Teacher guides can be printed.

Wetland: Past, Present, Future
In this lesson, middle school students examine how human interactions affect a local wetland ecosystem. Features of the lesson include open-ended questions generated in work teams, an interdisciplinary approach, use of the Internet, and a focus on current community related issues.

National Wildlife Federation has created an informative site with an educational focus that describes several different wetlands, issues of concern, and the benefits of wetlands. Browse through the site from the main menu (above) or go directly to some of their educational resources (below).

(The) Wetlands Education System
These pages provide some basic information that "explores some of the ways in which wetlands are defined and classified, as well as some of the roles they play in our society and natural environment." The author has more than 30 photos about wetland types, plants, and inhabitants.

Wetlands - Fresh Water Wetlands
Information at this site will: provide a definition of what wetlands are, answer the question why they are important, investigate the wetland creatures and describe the impact of draining wetlands. It also explains recent laws in the US which will help keep the present amount of wetlands intact.

Wetlands of Canada
This website includes four chapters covering the following topics.

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