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Estuarine Ecology and Human Health Teacher Activities





 4-12 Salinity Salinity is the concentration of dissolved salts in water, usually expressed in "parts per thousand" (ppt). Objects float higher in salt water than fresh water because salt water is denser (heavier per unit of volume). Density, hydrometer, meniscus, refractometer, specific gravity
 5-12 pH During this activity, students learn to use a Colorimetric test to measure pH and gain an understanding of pH and its importance to life in an aquatic ecosystem Submerged Aquatic Vegetation, buffer, reagent,
 5-6 Is there sewage in my sample?

Sediment sampling and ocean pollution

core sample, grid, sediment, sewage
 6-12 Plankton During this activity, students will learn how to collect plankton and use microscopes to observe and identify it. plankton, consumer, food chain, producer, estuarine, eutrophication,
 9-12 Counting FishStix Population Biology population sample, census, variability
 8-12 NC-Estuary Net Curriculum Estuary-Net is an exciting technology-based water quality monitoring project developed and supported by the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) and adapted to the state  level.  The project utilizes curriculum, field sampling, and telecommunications to teach middle school, high school, and adult learners about watersheds, water quality monitoring, and the role of science and research in problem-solving and managing our state estuarine resources.
  Marsh Mystery Water


To develop skills in observing.  To develop skills in classifying solutions by density.  To develop skills in making inferences.  To develop understanding of estuaries and mixing of salt and fresh water.
estuary, density, liquid, salinity, saltiness, sample, solution, tidal creek, sound
  Eco-logical: A Coastal Logic Problem

To be able to describe coastal communities. 

To be able to order communities from the sound to the ocean.  To be able to explain how marsh differs from the beach.
barrier island, beach, communities, dune, logic, maritime forest, marsh, salty, sound, windy
  Bird Study

To be able to identify common birds found in the marsh. 

To develop observation skills.  To be able to describe adaptations that birds possess that enable them to live in aquatic environments.
Adaptations, aquatic, Avain, beak, feathers, feet, wing
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