Conservation lesson plans

DU has developed three units in the wetland ecosystems series. Each unit consists of an educator's guide and accompanying student journal.
All are in Adobe Acrobat (PDF) format.

Student Guides

Teacher's Guides


Wetland Ecosystems I - Habitats, Communities and the Diversity of Life
Student Manual, Grades 4-6
(Acrobat PDF: 800KB)

A 26-page student manual for grades four to six. Nine lesson plans including hands-on, fun and interactive activities for use both in and outside the classroom. Subject areas include wetland organisms,abiotic/biotic, wetland types and zones, adaptations, life cycles,food webs, interactions, producers/ consumers/decomposers, and natural and unnatural changes in the wetland.


Wetland Ecosystems I - Habitats, Communities and the Diversity of Life
Educator's Guide, Grades 4-6
(Acrobat PDF: 806KB)

A 38-page educator's companion guide to the student manual for grades four to six. Assists educators in presentation of cross-curricular science material and evaluation of stu dent learning. Nine lesson plans including hands-on and interactive activities, and resource materials for use both in and outside the classroom. Units include adaptations, life cycles, food webs, interactions, environmental stress and conservation using wetland communities to illustrate concepts.


Wetland Ecosystems II - Interactions and Ecosystems
Student Manual, Grades 7-8
(Acrobat PDF: 809KB)
A 49-page student manual for grades seven and eight. Seven lesson plans and four field activities for use both in and outside the classroom. Subject areas include wetland types, energy pyramids, abiotic factors, feeding adaptations and organism relationships, population effects, human interventions and other ecological concepts. A variety of hands on field activities at a wetland site demonstrate sampling techniques, observation, team work, safety procedures, data analysis, experimentation and use of technology.

Wetland Ecosystems II - Interactions and Ecosystems
Educator's Guide, Grades 7-8 (Acrobat PDF: 400KB)
A 27-page educator's companion guide to the student manual for grades seven and eight. Assists educators in presentation of cross-curricular science material and evaluation of student learning. Seven lesson plans and four field activities for use both in and outside the classroom. Units include wetland types, energy pyramids, abiotic factors, feeding adaptations and organism relationships, population effects, human interventions and other ecological concepts. A variety of hands on field activities at a wetland site demonstrate sampling techniques, observation, team work, safety procedures, data analysis, experimentation and use of technology.

Wetland Ecosystems III - Evolution, Diversity and the Sustainability of Ecosystems
Student Journal, Grades 9-12
(Acrobat PDF: 588KB)
A 31-page student manual for grades nine to twelve. Six lesson plans including field trip activities for use at a local wetland. Subject areas include environmental impact assessment, sociopolitical considerations in environmental solutions, biodiversity, sustainable development, adaptations, natural selection, wetland types, pollution and taxonomy. A variety of hands-on field activities demonstrate sampling techniques, observation, teamwork, safety procedures, data analysis, experimentation and use of technology.

Wetland Ecosystems III - Evolution, Diversity and the Sustainability of Ecosystems,
Educator's Guide Grades 9-12
(Acrobat PDF: 252KB)
A 20-page educator s companion guide to the student manual for grades nine to twelve. Assists educators in presentation of cross-curricular science material and evaluation of student learning. Subject areas include environmental impact assessment, sociopolitical considerations in environmental solutions, biodiversity, sustainable development, adaptations, natural selection, wetland types, pollution and taxonomy. A variety of hands-on field activities demonstrate sampling techniques, observation, teamwork, safety procedures, data analysis, experimentation and use of technology.

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