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Aquatic Ecosystems Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Can your students differentiate between sea and fresh water? A video lesson takes students through five unique aquatic environments while a hands-on project allows students to create visuals of each. Related lessons and extra activities are provided for ongoing instruction.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • outline the key aspects of aquatic environments
  • demonstrate the various elements of five different aquatic ecosystems

Length

1 to 2 hours

Materials

  • Large sheets of heavy white paper
  • Colored construction paper
  • Colored markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9-10 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5

Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7

Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.

Key vocabulary

  • Marine
  • Freshwater
  • Estuaries & salt marshes

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