Grade
5

Wetland Ecosystems

Unit Resources

These resources are used to supplement and support the interactive lessons and activities presented in this unit. They also provide opportunities to expand on the topics and curriculum requirements for this unit.


Wetland Files - Plants

Wetlands are filled with a huge diversity of living things. Using words and pictures, these full page cards give students information about many of the plants and animals that live there. These files are used in a number of activities - this set is for plants.


Wetland Files - Invertebrates

Wetlands are filled with a huge diversity of living things. Using words and pictures, these full page cards give students information about many of the plants and animals that live there. These files are used in a number of activities - this set is for invertebrates.


Wetland Files - Vertebrates

Wetlands are filled with a huge diversity of living things. Using words and pictures, these full page cards give students information about many of the plants and animals that live there. These files are used in a number of activities - this set is for vertebrates.


Discussion Cards

These cards engage students with compelling questions that can be used to elicit prior knowledge about wetlands, for review or for assessment. Instructions are included in the card deck.


Discovery Cards

These cards contain questions that go beyond the Program of Studies. They can be used to challenge a student or the whole class to learn more about wetlands through inquiry. Instructions are included in the card deck.


Vocabulary Cards

With more science comes more vocabulary to learn. Use these word and meaning cards in a game to help review all the new terms in this unit. Instructions are included in the card deck.


Science Tips

From the scientific process to making effective observations, use these science tips as a reference guide to talking to students about how to work in a science lab. These tips are especially helpful for the activities contained in each Wetlands section.


Teacher's Handbook

Overview

This handbook will be a roadmap that shows how to use all the Ignition Pack resources in the most impactful way.


Activities

Activities

This handbook contains all the activities for Sections 1-5 for Wetland Ecosystems, as well as Supplemental Activities that connect to these sections. Refer to this handbook for an overview of the hands-on components of this Ignition Pack, as well as quick access to student activity sheets and instructions.


Section 1 - What's a Wetland?

Introduction Video

Jonathan, our host, does a quick introduction to wetland types.


Lesson: What's a Wetland?

In this four-part lesson series, students will recognize and describe examples of wetland ecosystems. They will also understand that a wetland ecosystem involves interactions between living and non-living things.


Narrated Lesson: What's a Wetland?

The narrated versions of the lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.


Lesson Notes: What's a Wetland?

These notes contain additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities for the lesson (What's a Wetland?).


Dead or Alive Activity

The outdoors is a great place to investigate living and non-living things and how they interact.


Wetlands Suck it Up Activity

Students use the scientific method to explore how three wetland materials compare in their ability to hold, absorb and allow water to flow through them.


Video: What's a Wetland?

Wetlands are important today just as they were in historical times. Explore some historical uses for wetlands.


Section 2 - What lives in a wetland?

Introduction Video

Jonathan lists some of the many plants and animals in a wetland, talks about metamorphosis and describes types of plants.


Lesson: What Will You Find in a Wetland?

In this three-part lesson series, students will learn to identify some wetland plants and animals and describe their life cycles.


Narrated Lesson: What Will You Find in a Wetland?

The narrated versions of the Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.


Lesson Notes: What Will You Find in a Wetland?

These notes contain additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities related to the lesson (What Will You Find in a Wetland?).


Drama in the Wetland Activity

This activity will bring out the creative side in students as they learn about and describe the life cycles of different wetland animals.


Video: How do People Enjoy the Wetlands?

Jonathan meets Connie, a naturalist who loves teaching people about nature and teaches Jonathan a thing or two about wetland plants and their adaptations.


Section 3 - How do plants and animals live in a wetland?

Introduction Video

Adaptation! That’s the concept that Jonathan introduces this time.


Lesson: How do Plants & Animals Live in a Wetland?

In this three-part lesson, students will learn to identify and describe adaptations of wetland plants and animals; they will also understand and appreciate that all animals and plants, not just the large ones, have an important role in a wetland community. Students will recognize that some aquatic animals use oxygen from air and others from water, and identify examples and adaptations of each.


Narrated Lesson: How do Plants & Animals Live in a Wetland?

The narrated versions of the Interactive Lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.


Lesson Notes: How do Plants & Animals Live in a Wetland?

These notes contain additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities about the lesson (How do Plants & Animals Live in a Wetland?).


Animal Insulation Activity

Students use what they have learned about adaptation to build an experiment that tests an animal’s ability to insulate itself.


Interesting Invertebrates Activity

As they watch these elusive creatures on video, students see for themselves that wetland invertebrates have fascinating adaptations.


Interesting Invertebrates Activity - Critter Video

This video accompanies the Section 3 Activity, Interesting Invertebrates.


Video: How do Scientists Study Wetlands?

Erick is a scientist who is up to his ears in a wetland when Jonathan spots him. Together they discover some interesting animal adaptations while Erick shares his passion for researching wetlands.


Section 4 - How do living things interact in a wetland?

Introduction Video

Jonathan introduces students to food chains, food webs and what consumers, producers, and decomposers are.


Lesson: How do Living Things Interact in a Wetland?

In this two-part lesson, students will identify the roles of different organisms in the food web of a pond: producers, consumers, and decomposers. They also draw diagrams of food chains and food webs, and interpret such diagrams.


Narrated Lesson: How do Living Things Interact in a Wetland?

The narrated versions of the lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.


Lesson Notes: How do Living Things Interact in a Wetland?

These notes contain additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities about the lesson (How do Living Things Interact in a Wetland?).


In Living Colour Activity

Students use diagrams to explore the interactions between different plants and animals and put them into food chains and webs.


Video: What is Happening in the Wetlands?

Jonathan, and his artist friend Lorne, try to make sense of how the plants and animals in the wetland around them form a huge food web.


Section 5 - How do humans affect wetlands?

Introduction Video

Jonathan explains how humans can damage as well as restore wetlands.


Lesson: How Do Humans Affect Wetlands?

In this three-part lesson series, students will identify human actions that can threaten wetland ecosystems, identify individual and group actions that can be taken to preserve and enhance wetland habitats, and recognize that changes in part of an environment have effects on the whole environment.


Narrated Lesson: How Do Humans Affect Wetlands?

The narrated versions of the lessons are useful for self-guided review of the key concepts that were explored in class.


Lesson Notes: How Do Humans Affect Wetlands?

These notes contain additional interesting facts, discussion questions, and detailed suggestions for supporting activities about the lesson (How Do Humans Affect Wetlands?).


Support Your Local Wetland Activity

Students consider how to get everyone in on the action as they plan ways to educate themselves and their classmates about threats to wetlands and how everyone can help wetlands.


Video: How Do Humans Affect Wetlands?

Companies plan for restoring wetlands before they even start disturbing land. Jonathan interviews Carla, a wetlands ecologist, to find out how some fens are being restored in Alberta’s far north.


Supplemental Activities

These supplemental activities can be completed in addition to the activities presented in each section, if you have additional time.


A Do-it-Yourself Watershed Activity

How do watersheds and wetlands work together and what types of things affect them? Explore some basic functions of wetlands and their relationship to a watershed during a flood. This activity can be completed during Section 1.


A Key to Wetland Life Activity

This activity will allow students to sharpen their observation skills while exploring characteristics of plants and the smaller creatures of the wetlands. This activity can be completed during Section 2.


Wild Wetland Games Activity

Give students a chance to let loose with games designed to reinforce concepts regarding habitat needs, food chains and food webs. This activity can be completed during Section 4.


Build a Wetland Project

Learn about all of the living and nonliving parts that make up a wetland by building one of your own. This comprehensive and cumulative project will allow students to apply what they have learned and provides good review and summative assessment opportunities.


Build a Wetland Instructions

This document will guide you through the activities that make up the Build a Wetland project.


Build a Wetland Student Worksheets

These worksheets guide students through the stages of the Build a Wetland project and support their understanding of wetland ecosystems.


Build a Wetland Assessment Answer Key

Teachers can refer to this document for suggested student responses to the wetlands assessment. 


Build a Wetland Key

This key outlines the components included in your Build a Wetland kit and how to assemble them.