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Wetland in a Pan

Lesson Description:
This lesson covers these concepts:
  • Wetlands act as a buffer zone between dry land and bodies of water.
  • Destroying wetlands can cause serious flooding.
  • Wetlands help trap excessive amounts of pollutants and silt.

The goals for the lesson:
  • Students will describe relationships amoung precipiation, runoff, and wetlands.
  • Students will relate the importance of wetland functions to their own needs.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Experiment

Sustainability Topic:
  • Water

GEF Program Category:
  • Sustainable Water Challenge

Time Needed:
1 class
Materials Needed:
Modeling clay
Long shallow pan
A sponge
Watering can
Jar of muddy water
School or Group:
Penn State: College of Agricultural Sciences
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Wetland in a Pan.pdf
Located in: Science

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