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Wetlands: The Fragile Fringe - USGS


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students explore wetlands through a series of lessons ranging from wetland identification to investigating the beneficial functions of wetlands and causes of wetland loss.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Rocky intertidal: Monitoring the Intertidal with Life-Sized Photos - Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use photo quadrats of a real rocky shoreline to investigate the zonation of organisms in the rocky intertidal zone. Note: links to photo quadrats and organism ID guide are listed in the Materials section.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Kelp: Kelp Forest Lesson Plan - UCLA Ocean Globe


Lesson Plan 

Summary
In this series of lessons, students learn about the algae kelp, locations of kelp forests, and compare and contrast the features of kelp forests with terrestrial forests.  

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Coral Reefs: Draw a Coral Reef - COSEE Coastal Trends and National Park Service


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students will draw a coral reef based on the prior knowledge.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards




Coral is an Animal: Polyp Pictures - Cosee Coastal Trends and National Park Service


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students use a variety of pictures of different coral species to understand the diversity of corals.

Concept: Ocean life diversity
There is a high diversity of life in the ocean with a wide range of functions and interactions.

Education Standards




Coral Reefs: Photoquadrats on a Transect - COSEE Coastal Trends and National Park Service


Lesson Plan 

Summary
Students will use pictures of a coral reef transect to graph the percentage of cover for that section of reef.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

Education Standards





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