How do wetlands clean water? How do insects breathe under water?

Find out the answers to these questions and more as you discover the wonders of Alberta’s wetlands. You will identify and learn about some of the many plants and animals that live in this unique ecosystem – their life cycles, how they interact and how they have adapted to life there. Many of Alberta’s wetlands are being threatened. What can you do to help?

 Take-Home: Wetland Wheel

Highlights

  • Activities: Play a guessing game to discover the 5 different types of wetlands, conduct an experiment to see how wetlands keep themselves clean, identify several mystery wetland plants using a wetland identification wheel, play a lifecycles game, experiment with different beak types, create food chains and webs using magnets, discuss threats to the future of Alberta’s wetlands.
  • Cross-curricular connections
  • Take-Home: Wetland identification wheel

The wide array of visuals and resources that the students were able to touch and participate in through 5stations.

H.P., Grade 5 TeacherBrentwood Elementary School

The presenter was very knowledgeable and engaging. The content closely aligned with curriculum outcomes. All centres were interactive, and the students seemed to like all of the different aspects.

Grade 5 TeacherOur Lady of Mount Carmel School

The students were engaged, and there were a variety of full group and small group activities so there were opportunities for the students to learn from the presenter, the resources and each other.

E.M., Grade 5 TeacherSchool of Hope
  • Recognize and describe one or more examples of wetland ecosystems found in the local area; e.g., pond, slough, marsh, bog, fen.
  • Understand that a wetland ecosystem involves interactions between living and nonliving things, both in and around the water.
  • Identify some plants and animals found at a wetland site, both in and around the water; and describe the life cycles of these plants and animals.
  • Identify and describe adaptations that make certain plants and animals suited for life in a wetland.
  • Understand and appreciate that all animals and plants not just the large ones, have an important role in a wetland community.
  • Identify the roles of different organisms in the food web of a pond – producers, consumers and decomposers
  • Recognize that some aquatic animals use oxygen from air and others from water, and identify examples and adaptations of each.
  • Identify human actions that can threaten the abundance or survival of living things in wetland ecosystems.
  • Recognize that changes in part of an environment have effects on the whole environment.