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199 reviewed resources for freshwater ecosystems

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Introduction to Restoration Lesson

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore how pollution and invasive plants disrupt the ecosystem.  In this restoration activity students list materials that pollute wetlands, how people can keep them clean and ways in which invasive plants establish. 
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Repopulating Michigan's Waterways

For Teachers 11th
Eleventh graders identify the parts of an ecosystem and how communities change over time.  In this ecology lesson students formulate a habitat restoration plan.
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Reading and Writing Poetry: Seeing Many Facets of Fresh Water

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Learners create an original poem about water.  In this Robert Frost and water lesson, students read examples of Robert Frost's poetry, write an interpretation, and look for imagery that appeals to the senses.  Learners use a handout to...
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Ocean and Great Lakes Literacy: Principle 5

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Great food web instruction is in the cards for your class. Inquisitive biology scholars explore the organisms that inhabit freshwater and saltwater in the fifth lesson in a series of seven. Learners play two different card games where...
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Ecosystem Interdependence

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students outline a scenario demonstrating ecosystem interdependence. They explain the effects of this change according to the food web. They give a positive example such as increased rain and have the students call out answers to your...
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Go with the Flow

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
How does nature's hierarchy relate to our local human environment? Answer this question, along with others, as the class visually depicts the natural hierarchy provided by nature. Pupils discuss each piece of the pyramid and its energy...
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Water Water Everywhere

For Students 3rd - 8th Standards
How do different animals access the small amounts of freshwater on Earth, in order to survive? This is the focus of a video that discusses how animals must adapt to surviving off limited amounts of freshwater present in their habitat.
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What's in the Water? - Stream Side Science

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Here is a complete activity in which young biologists or ecologists test the pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity and temperature of stream water. The class visits an actual stream and makes observations of the site. They use scientific...
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Wetland vs. Stream Macroinvertebrates

For Teachers 9th - 12th
A link to a comprehensive macroinvertebrate guide gives you the information needed to prepare for this field study activity. Sample macroinvertebrates are collected from areas representing different environmental conditions. Junior...
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Surface Water/Groundwater

For Students 5th - 8th
Water wizards write short answers and fill in the blanks about Earth's surface water and groundwater. They also identify the condition of the soil in a diagram. Use these two worksheets as a reading comprehension assignment if your...
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Freshwater Ecosystems Closing Lesson

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students create a commercial on how to care for fresh water. In this environmental science lesson, students write a script and use materials as props in the commercial. They present it in class and share comments and feedback.
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Investigative Case: The Nancy Creek Challenge

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Students examine a case study of fish kill in Nancy Creek and identify the environmental conditions that favor life in a fresh water ecosystem. They work in small groups to assess the situation and gather resources from various places in...
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Science: Microcosms in the Biosphere

For Teachers 6th - 8th
In a series of lessons, examine the impact on humans by microcosms in the biosphere. Among the plans structured for young scholars with different abilities and learning styles, are activities describing the symbiotic relationship,...
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Conserving Water Through Art!

For Teachers K - 5th Standards
Having fresh, clean drinking water is a privilege many people take for granted. Help raise awareness about the scarcity of water and the importance of conservation by discussing different ways water is used in everyday life. Brainstorm...
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The Captain And Lake Wilmar

For Teachers 10th
Tenth graders examine the ecosystem of Lake Wilmar through three coordinated performance tasks. They first investigate the effects of pH on freshwater animals by comparing the zooplankton counts from three different areas. They then...
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Water Issues on Puerto Rico and Oahu: A Comparison of Two Islands

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders explore how the tow islands receive and use fresh water. They also address some of the threats to the fresh water supply on each island. Students explore the lesson plan objectives through water cycle models and experiments.
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Biomes -- Part 1

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students use the internet to locate and gather information on the world's biomes. They compare and contrast biomes to ecosystems and describe the human effects on ecosystems. They answer questions to end the lesson.
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Fish In a Bottle

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students work together to build their own fish ecosystems. As a class, they share their prior knowledge about catfish and use a diagram to label its body parts. They record their observations of the ecosystem and determine what they...
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Trout in the Classroom

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Students investigate the lives of Trout.  In this ecosystem lesson, students discover the water systems of New York City and how it allows specific animals to thrive.  Students create a model trout tank and observe the conditions.
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Ecosystems: Give and Take

For Students 5th - 8th
In this river ecosystem worksheet, students complete a graphic organizer by writing in what the various organisms lists contribute and benefit in this river ecosystem.
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The Biosphere

For Students 7th - 12th
For this ecosystems worksheet, students compare how the flow of matter and the flow of energy through ecosystems are different. Students review the water cycle and the nitrogen cycle as it applies to food webs. This worksheet has 10...
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The Many, Varied, and Unusual Places and Things on Earth

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students discover how energy flows through communities because of the relationship between producers, consumers and decomposers. Examining various ecosystems, they identify the materials that cycle continuously through them. They label...
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Ecosystems and Habitats

For Teachers 3rd
In this ecosystem lesson, 3rd graders work in cooperative groups to draw a particular ecosystem on paper. Students work in cooperative groups - one habitat per group. They decide which habitat each animal or plant belongs to and they...
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An Ocean of Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 8th Standards
Young biologists trace the path of the sun's energy through marine ecosystems in the second part of this four-lesson series. Building on prior knowledge about producers, consumers, and decomposers students are introduced to the concept...

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