Wetlands: Review

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11293

Wouldn't it be sad if the only place you could see wetlands was in a museum? You will design your own wetlands display and think about how to preserve them so they will exist outside a museum exhibit!

categories

Life Science

subject
Science
learning style
Visual
personality style
Lion
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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What are the four major types of wetlands?

You have learned so much about wetlands in this series!

Let's review what you have learned. (If you want a more thorough review, check out the Related Lessons in the right-hand sidebar.)

There are four major types of wetlands: marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens.

Marshes

  • The ground is covered by water most of the year.
  • Soft-stemmed plants can be found here.
  • Tidal salt marshes are found on coastlines.
  • Tidal freshwater marshes are found inland from coastlines.
  • Inland marshes are found by lakes and rivers.
  • Plants such as grasses, reeds, bulrushes, lily pads, and sedges are found here.
  • Crustaceans, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals can be found here.
  • Crocodiles and hippopotamuses can be found in marshes.

Swamps

  • The ground stays wet all year round.
  • Freshwater swamps are found around lakes and streams.
  • Saltwater swamps are found around tropical coastlines.
  • Mosses, ferns, trees, lilies, and shrubs can be found in swamps.
  • Crustaceans, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals can be found here.
  • Alligators are commonly found in swamps.

Bogs

  • Bogs are found in cooler climates around freshwater lakes.
  • Bogs are generally completely covered in decaying plant matter called peat.
  • Moss, heather, fungus, and shrubs can be found growing here.
  • Insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals can be found here.

Fens

  • Fens do not get their water from rainfall.
  • Fens get water from runoff and groundwater.
  • Fens have some peat on the surface. If the peat completely covers the surface, it will become a bog.
  • Fens have flowing water all year round.
  • Grasses, wildflowers, sedges, and rushes are found here.
  • Mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and birds live here.

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