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Essential question: Why/how is a wetland an essential part of a community's environment?

Now that you have explored the 6 parts of this Wetlands EcoStudy Unit
Bring it all together: Choose one or more to do

1. Watch this video - This Old Habitat - the interconnections between the plants & animals

* Make a movie about the wetland habitats found in your community.

* Make a Science Journal Digital video tour of one wetland habitat or a resident species found in your community.

2. Make an A-Z book about a wetland habitat. Include photos of a local wetland as illustrations.

3. Create a Wetlands Facts & Issues eGame

Use appropriate eco vocabulary! Show what you know.

4. Develop a plan for a native plant wetland garden at school

Is there a wet spot on school property where you could establish a wetland garden?

Present the plan to the PTO, Student Council, or Community Environment Advocacy Group.
Solicit for their assistance in making it happen

5. Modify/rewrite Over in the Meadow poem to focus on a wetland - must be rich in facts.

Write at least 8 stanzas touching on all 6 subunits covered in this ecostudy unit. Illustrate each stanza.

6. May is American Wetlands Month. Plan and provide a school or community wetlands event.

Include education on issues (no lectures). Make displays, stations and give demonstrations.

Identify local nature advocacy groups that you could work with to provide the event. Adopt your watershed

7. Citizen Scientist - Collect some wetland or science data.

8. Write, record and perform a Wetlands Fact Rap Song.

Check out Rhyme, Rhythm, Results educational rap site. Watch a sample rap.
Notice that the rap is rich in facts and ideas.

Use public domain music as your background music or you can write your own!

9. Evaluate your community or school regarding the recommendations identified by the Outdoor Task Force.

Plan an event that would get people outdoors and focusing on the environment. Envirothon tips

Make a list of local or regional groups/resources available for those interesting in establishing or preserving natural areas. Promote participation in one of them in your community.

10. Make three (or more) Wetlands Ecosystem crossword puzzles.

One must be basic level and the others must be challenging.

The questions and answers must touch on all 6 aspects of this study unit.

The easy, beginner level one should have at least 30 questions.

The most advanced one should include concepts and principles, as well as, facts. (biodiversity, water quality)

11. Contribute to a Nature Mapping project in your community or state - What is NatureMapping?

A Week in the Life of the NatureMapping Program | Example | Another example - a school

Or start one - How Do I Start NatureMapping? | Green Maps around the World

Map your community's trees project | Critter Quest PA explore natural diversity using gis mapping


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Posted 1/2009 by Cynthia J. O'Hora

The goal of this web project is to inform people through research while employing higher order thinking skills. This study unit encourages the use of free Internet information resources. Activities develop writing, information literacy, technology and mathematics skills. The resources posted here may be freely adapted or modified to meet each student's unique skills or interests.