Changing With the Tide
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This page first made public: Aug 30, 2006
This material was originally created for Starting Point:Introductory Geology
and is replicated here as part of the SERC Pedagogic Service.
This lesson plan is written around a brief role-play in which students learn about and act out the behavior of plants and animals in a salt marsh habitat as the tides change. An unusual feature of salt marshes is the dramatic daily change in stresses and interactions that the organisms face.
- Describe three different aspects or life forms of the salt marsh.
- Compare and contrast the low and high marsh.
- Explain what happens in different areas of the marsh at low and high tide.
- Explain the roles different organisms (or other elements) play in the salt marsh by acting out a salt marsh scene.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
Teaching Notes and Tips
References and Resources
- Dr. Joe's notes on Salt Marshes, Mangroves, Wetlands
- A photo-rich online botany text, World Vegetation with a chapter on Coastal Salt Marshes and a chapter on Mangrove Swamps and another about halophytes
- A page on New Hampshire salt marshes
- A bibliography on the ecology of salt marsh plant communities.