Mapping the Mangroves - MWL (view)

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Curriculum Overview (view description)
Keywords:
Crowdlearning, Mangrove Mapping, MapWorks Learning, Mangrove Forest, Crowdmapping, Mangrove Habitats
Lesson 1  Using dichotomous keys to identify mangrove species (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will be able to identify the various species of Mangroves and understand their characteristics by construction and use of a dichotomous key, Students will learn how scientific names are created.
Keywords:
Dichotomous Key, mangrove
Lesson 2 Trophic levels in mangrove estuaries (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will explore energy flow in an ecosystem., Students will create diagrams to show the relationship of organisms in an ecosystem.
Keywords:
mangrove, Trophic Levels
Lesson 3 Abiotic factors in mangrove ecosystems (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will measure and recognize abiotic factors in a mangrove ecosystem., Students will describe the role that abiotic factors play in mangrove ecosystems.
Keywords:
Abiotic Factors, Mangrove
Lesson 4 Biotic factors in mangrove ecosystems (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will understand the role that biotic factors play in the system’s function., Students will identify and observe organisms that inhabit mangrove estuaries., Students will also specify the role and place of the organism within a food pyramid and ecosystem.
Keywords:
Biotic Factors, Mangrove
Lesson 5 Zonation and the mapping app (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will use mapping technology to collect data on mangroves., Students will use gathered data to perform colonization studies and comparative analyses of different estuaries.
Keywords:
Zonation, Mangrove
Lesson 5a Environmental application of sensors (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will use online tutorials to create environmental sensors.
Keywords:
Computer Science, Mangrove, Sensor Technologies
Lesson 6 The role of mangrove adaptations in estuary ecosystems (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will relate mangrove adaptations to the role that mangroves play in their ecosystems
Keywords:
Adaptation, Mangrove
Lesson 7 Protection and valuation of mangrove estuaries (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will recognize reasoning behind mangrove estuary destruction., Students will develop valuation strategies to illustrate importance and aid in protective measures.
Keywords:
Valuation, Deforestation, Mangrove
Lesson 8 Research projects and conferences (view description)
Learning goals:
Students will share research, findings, and solutions.
Keywords:
Mangrove
Extension Activity - Introduction to Raspberry Pi through making

Summary

The Mangrove Mapping Curricula strives to provide opportunities for students to learn about and explore mangroves and their ecosystems. Through this process it is hoped that students develop and understanding and appreciation for mangroves and the role they play in a healthy environment. Mangroves are group of tropical/subtropical trees that live in salt or sweet (salt/fresh water combination) water coastal environments. They are considered a cornerstone species and play important roles in habitat formation and stabilization of coastal environments.