Wetland Ecosystems - Nature's Filter

Downloadable (1 PDF - 4 pages)

The Nature's Filter activity can also be found within the Wetlands - Let's Do Science Bundle. If you are interested in purchasing this activity and more, you can check out the Wetlands bundle here.

In this hands-on classroom activity, which is ideal for grades 4-5, students build a model of a wetland to demonstrate how wetlands can prevent sedimentation of a lake by acting as a filter.

By the end of the activity students should be able to:

  • Understand the important role of all plants and animals in ecosystems
  • Identify factors which contribute to the survival of plants and animals in habitats
  • Identify human actions which can harm and help ecosystems
  • Recognize the interconnectedness of all living things in environments

Additional resources included with the activity plan:

  • Student worksheet

Additional resource required:

  • Foil roasting pan
  • 2 large sponges or florist foam
  • Modeling clay
  • Small watering can or spray bottle
  • Sharp knife
  • Potting soil
  • Devices with internet access
  • Whiteboard or chart paper and markers