Wetland Kids!

Wetland Kids!

(Grades 4 -6) Streamside art activities, origami water critters, the roles of water organisms in producing / consuming / decomposing, water food webs, making new food webs, wetland zone activities, and a wetland metaphors language arts activity, making tabletop watersheds. (MT 5 Standards PS3-1, LS1-1. LS2-1, PS3-D, LS!-C, LS2-A, LS2-B)

1. Streamside Riparian Areas coloring page

            Copies in binder

2. Folding an Origami Jumping Frog and Tadpole

            Copies, examples, in binder

3. Moving / Still water Critter Comparison 

            Field study using minnow nets, forceps and magnifying boxes – rivers vs. sloughs

                        8 small aquatic nets

                        20 clear acrylic magnification boxes

                        10 long forceps

                        2 small tubs

                        Water We Here For? book

                        America’s Wetlands Guide book

                        copies in binder

4. Produce, Consume or Decompose 

            Examining the roles of different organisms in a wetland (adapt. Project Webfoot)

                        Habitat poster

                        copies in binder

5. Chains and Webs 

            Where does the food go in a wetland system? (adapt. Project Webfoot)

                        copies in binder

                        teacher-supplied materials

6. We’re All in it Together 

            Synthesizing 3 food chains from a single energy source (Webfoot)

                        copies in binder

7. Wetland Zones  

            Examining which animals and plants live in which zones of a wetland (Webfoot)

                        copies in binder

8. Wetland Metaphors

            What normal human objects correlate to functions in a wetland (adapt. Aquatic Wild)

                        bar soap

                        sponge

                        Rolaids

                        wire whisk

                        box of cereal

                        sifter

                        magnifying glass

                        coffee filters

                        rubber ducky

9. Table-top Watersheds

            Making a small watershed from waxed paper or aluminum foil

                        Project WET Watershed Protection Activity Book

                        waxed paper

                        food coloring

Supplemental, for all activities:

                        Spring Waters read-aloud book

                        Celebrate Wetlands activity book

                        Henry, the Impatient Heron read-aloud book

                        plush beaver puppet, skull and tree cutting

                        3 plush singing wetland birds

                        plastic frog and dragonfly

                        Wetland Values poster

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