This lesson provides materials for teaching an introductory lesson on the definition and functions of wetlands, as well as their role in filtering water pollution. Students learn about the characteristics of a healthy water supply through local water quality testing and explanations of wastewater treatment facilities. Worksheets, activities, lesson plans, and assessments are all included!
Topics include: definition of a wetland, types of wetlands, functions and importance of wetlands, threats to wetlands, point-source and nonpoint-source pollution, wastewater management and treatment, Clean Water Act, water quality, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, acid mine drainage, turbidity, water hardness
This lesson is designed to facilitate independent learning and is ideal for a sub plan or simply to encourage self-instruction of basic concepts. If independent learning isn't your goal, it still fits perfectly into a teacher-directed curriculum.
Included in this product:
1. Lesson plan overview for teacher with links to all content materials
2. Student worksheets with vocabulary and discussion questions to use during web-quest
3. Versatile lab activity in which students learn about water quality properties such as dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, turbidity, and hardness. This can be used as a stand-alone webquest or, if teachers have access to a water quality test kit, a local water source can be tested for these qualities. A reasonably priced test kit is suggested in the materials list. (Alternative activities are also suggested)
4. Student worksheets and discussion questions for water quality lab activity
5. A short PowerPoint presentation reviewing the concepts of wetlands and water pollution
6. A concept map for review and assessment
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Ready to spend more time practicing concepts, doing activities and labs with your class and less time droning on about vocabulary and basic ideas? So are your students! Start flipping your classroom!
What's a flipped classroom?
In a flipped science classroom, students independently gain vocabulary and basic concepts through internet webquests and videos. Then, in a teacher-guided lab activity, students are able to practice these concepts and see them come to life in real environments.
But I don't have a flipped classroom. Can I still use this product?
Absolutely! Your students can just do the independent learning and web-quests on the first day or two, then follow with the activity/lab the following day! The independent learning days are also great for subs!
My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:
1. Environmental Science: Atmosphere Bundle
2. Environmental Science: Biosphere Bundle
3. Environmental Science: Lithosphere Bundle
4. Environmental Science: Hydrosphere Bundle
This curriculum is ideally geared towards high school students, but is appropriate for any student looking for an independent, student-centered approach to learning. The lessons may be used as part of a complete curriculum, but they also work great for independent learners or substitute plans.
These lessons are designed to be easy to use for both students and teachers. Regardless of whether you've taught Environmental Science for years or just need a quick lesson to add to your science curriculum, this is the perfect selection.
This is a very thorough, engaging set of lessons. Your students will thank you!
Designed and implemented by Anne Morgan, Biology and Environmental Science Teacher
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