Source: Swamps and Such
Swamps and Such
The Ohio Digital Classroom helps students and educators succeed through the educational use of media-on-demand.
Swamps and Such. This video series from WOSU Public Media uses the example of a wetland to explain the structure and functions of ecosystems and how ecosystems change over time. In these videos meet wetland scientist Dan Fink who hosts the program and examines the types of communities of plants, animals, birds and fish that abound in wetlands, the process of photosynthesis, and the complex relationship between water and productivity. Developed in collaboration with The Ohio State University Olentangy River Wetlands and Research Park in Columbus, Ohio, this program was videotaped entirely at the Olentangy River Wetlands.
Chapter 1 - What is a Wetland? Click on "View" to the left to play.
Chapter 2 - Wetland Soil (Video)
Chapter 3 - Wetland Insects (Video)
Chapter 4 - Wetland Water (Video)
Lesson Plan (Document)
Introduction. A wetland is essentially land that is covered with water or land that has enough water near the surface so that it is waterlogged or moist enough to support aquatic plants. Water levels on wetlands may fluctuate throughout the year depending on seasonal precipitation and evaporation. Vegetation in wetlands is highly dependant on soil conditions, salinity, hydrologic setting, and wave energy. There are five major types of wetlands, which are divided according to hydrology, soil type, and plant types.
Wetlands are great sources of biodiversity with a wide range of animal and plant life. The soils and water within a wetland are often mineral rich and are regarded as a valuable resource. Wetlands are also responsible for purification of water and provide us with a variety of goods.
Academic standards correlations on Teachers' Domain use the Achievement Standards Network (ASN) database of state and national standards, provided to NSDL projects courtesy of JES & Co.
We assign reference terms to each statement within a standards document and to each media resource, and correlations are based upon matches of these terms for a given grade band. If a particular standards document of interest to you is not displayed yet, it most likely has not yet been processed by ASN or by Teachers' Domain. We will be adding social studies and arts correlations over the coming year, and also will be increasing the specificity of alignment.