This lesson is designed to follow “Assessing fish-habitat value” lesson plan where the students were introduced to the saltmarsh habitat. The objective here, is to have students gain insight into the provision of ecosystem services and the possible impact of human activities on saltmarsh habitat. Students will begin by examining marsh-grass density and learn about interactions between saltmarsh and the water column as it pertains to sedimentation. Next, the students will manipulate a dataset to explore habitat quality and biodiversity of saltmarsh. The lesson is in two parts, which can also be used as stand-alone exercises. The movie and links to all of the necessary materials are below. Start off by reading through the lesson plan.
Lesson plan: Saltmarsh_lesson_plan
Part A worksheet: Part A Saltmarsh Structure Worksheet
Part A: photos of marsh grass:
Part B data: Part B saltmarsh_sandflat_trawl_data
Part B data worksheet: Part B data_worksheet
Part B power point template: Part B PPT Template
Part B Sample graph: