Wetlands Education Program Activity Descriptions & Illinois State Learning Standards Addressed
Listed below are the descriptions for pre-visit, post-visit, and field trip activities. You will also find information on which Illinois State learning standards are supported by each.
STATION 1: WATER QUALITY
Goal: To make students aware that wetlands help purify freshwater supplies. Students evaluate the water quality of Lincoln Marsh through aquatic invertebrate sampling. Magnifiers provide a closer look at the samples. Water purification is also discussed at this station.
Illinois State Standards: Science: 11.A.2a, 11.A.2b, 11.A.2d, 12.A.2a, 12.B.2a, 12.B.2b, 12.E.2a, 13.A.2a, 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Social Science: 15.B.2c, 17.A.2a, 17.B.2a, 17.B.2b, 17.C.2c; Language Arts: 4.A.2a, 4.A.2b, 4.A.2c.
Supporting Activities: Water Treatment Plants, Simulated Macroinvertebrate Sampling
STATION 2: FLOOD CONTROL
Goal: To make students aware that wetlands, because of their shape and soil composition, help control flooding. Students learn the importance of the flood control capabilities of Lincoln Marsh through a flood reduction demonstration, hands-on soil activities and learning wetland components by building their own “marsh.” Glacial formation of wetlands is also discussed briefly.
Illinois State Standards: Science: 11.A.2a, 11.A.2b, 11.A.2d, 11.B.2a, 12.E.2b, 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Social Science: 15.B.2c, 17.A.2a, 17.B.2a, 17.B.2b, 17.C.2a, 17.C.2c, 18.B.2a; Language Arts: 4.A.2a, 4.A.2b, 4.A.2c.
Supporting Activities: How Much of Me is Water?
STATION 3: HOME SWEET HOME
Goal: To make students aware that wetlands satisfy specific needs and provide benefits for many animals and plants. In this Earth Education activity, students meet the mayor of Lincoln Marsh and take on the jobs of some of the inhabitants of the area. The students determine which community their particular plant or animal can live in by visiting each community at the Lincoln Marsh: woods, meadow and marsh, to see which can supply them with energy, shelter, water and air.
Illinois State Standards: Science: 11.A.2a, 11.A.2b, 11.A.2c, 11.A.2d, 12.A.2a, 12.B.2a, 12.B.2b, 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Social Science: 15.B.2c, 17.A.2a, 17.B.2b, 17.C.2c, 18.B.2a; Language Arts: 4.A.2a, 4.A.2b, 4.A.2c
Supporting Activities: Home Sweet Home Practice Sheets, Natural Wetlands vs. Man Made Wetlands
*USE PRACTICE SHEETS FROM THIS PACKET TO FAMILIARIZE STUDENTS WITH “JOB DESCRIPTION SHEETS” PRIOR TO FIELD TRIP
STATION 4: RECREATION EXPLORATION
Goal: To show students that wetlands are a valuable place to learn and recreate. Students will go on a quest to discover the various ways that people recreate in nature. This station centers on a discovery hike, giving the students a chance to encounter nature through hands-on exploration and activities.
Illinois State Standards: Science: 11.A.2b, 12.A.2a, 12.B.2a, 12.B.2b, 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Social Science: 15.B.2c, 17.A.2a, 17.C.2c, 17.D.2a, 18.A.2a; Language Arts: 4.A.2a, 4.A.2b, 4.A.2c, 4.B.2b; Physical Development and Health: 20.A.2a, 20.A.2b, 24.A.2b
Supporting Activities: What is Recreation?
PRE & POST VISIT ACTIVITIES
The pre-visit activities provided in this packet will prepare your students for the wetland visit. Each was chosen to complement the field trip and to introduce certain vocabulary terms to the student. The post-visit activities, along with the Wetlands Guide, may be used to assess learning. In addition, these activities support several state standards.
Lincoln Marsh Wetlands Guide
As a supplement to the field trip, each student receives a Lincoln Marsh Wetlands Guide. The multidisciplinary guide is designed to reinforce the learning experience through questions, drawings, social science, math and creative writing activities.
Illinois State Standards: Science: 11.A.2d, 11.A.2e, 12.B.2b, 12.E.2a, 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Mathematics: 6.A.2, 6.B.2, 6.C.2a, 8.D.2; Language Arts: 1.A.2a, 1.A.2b, 3.A.2
Wetland Buzzwords Game – Done “ice breaker” style, this activity is used to introduce key wetland vocabulary words.
Illinois State Learning Standards: Language Arts: 1.A.2a, 1.B.2b, 4.A.2a, 4A.2b, 4B.2b; Science: 12.B.2a; Physical Health & Development: 21.B.2, 24.A.2b.
How Much of Me is Water?
Illinois State Learning Standards: Mathematics: 6.A.2, 6.b.2, 6.C.2a, 10.A.2a, 10.B.2b
Water Quality Activities
Macroinvertebrate Sampling Simulation – The goal of this activity is to introduce key vocabulary terms and field sorting techniques. Practicing this in the classroom will allow more time for students to “dip” during the field trip.
Illinois State Learning Standards: Science: 11.A.2a, 11.A.2b, 11.A.2c, 13.A.2b, 13.A.2c, 13.B.2a; Mathematics: 6.B.2, 6.C.2a, 8.D.2, 10.B.2a.
Water Treatment Plants – This activity gives an introduction to a wetland’s ability to filter pollution. It introduces key vocabulary terms, the water cycle and complements the Water Quality station of the field trip.
Illinois State Learning Standards: Science: 11.A.2a, 11.A.2b, 11.A.2d, 12.E.2a
Home Sweet Home
Home Sweet Home Practice Sheets – The goal of this activity is to give students a chance to practice with the charts they will be using during their field trip. It is important for students to be familiarized with these charts before they arrive.
Natural vs. Man-made Wetlands – The goal of this activity is to familiarize students with the concept of habitat restoration and reconstruction by creating and solving puzzles, and participating in group discussions.
Illinois State Learning Standards: Mathematics: 6.B.2, 6.B.2a, 10.C.2a; Science: 13.B.2e, 13.B.2f; Social Science: 14.B.2, 14.D.2, 17.A.2b, 17.B.2b
What is Recreation? – Students perform short skits about different types of recreation.
Illinois State Learning Standards: Language Arts: 4.B.2d; Physical Health & Development: 21.B.2, 24.A.2b; Fine Arts: 25.A.2b, 26.B.2b.