The wetland biome is full of fascinating flora and fauna that are adapted to living in water, making it a unique and important ecosystem for children to learn about.
As an early childhood educator, you have the incredible opportunity to spark curiosity and a love for learning in your young students. One way to do this is by introducing them to the fascinating world of biomes. A biome is a large region of the world that has a similar climate, plants, and animals. Understanding biomes is important for children because it teaches them about the diverse environments on Earth and how living things adapt to their surroundings.
One such biome is the wetlands. Wetlands are areas of land that are saturated with water and are home to unique plants and animals. They play an important role in our ecosystem by providing habitat for wildlife, filtering water, and protecting coastlines from erosion. In this blog post, we will explore the wetlands biome and provide you with resources to teach your young students about this fascinating environment.
About the Wetland Biome
Wetlands are areas of land that are saturated with water for at least part of the year. They are found all over the world, from the Arctic tundra to the tropics, and are classified into different types depending on the amount of water and type of plants found there. Wetland types include marshes, swamps, and bogs.
The Wetland Biome: Fun Facts for Kids
- About Habitats: Wetlands book by Cathryn Sill
- Ponds book by Usborne Young Beginners
- Over and Under the Pond book by Kate Messner
- Pond Ecosystem Puzzle from Mirus Toys
The Wetland Biome: Curriculum Resources
- Montessori Resources for Learning About Frogs and Amphibians on the Trillium Montessori blog
- Animals in the Freshwater Ecosystem blog post by The Pinay Homeschooler
The Wetland Biome: Printables
- Wetland Animals Three-Part Cards Only $2 for this beautiful addition to a wetland unit study!
- Ponds Phonological Awareness this pack includes literacy resources for a range of ages and ability levels, with activities like identifying middle and ending sounds, solving rhyming riddles, and blending, segmenting, and substituting phonemes.
- Ponds Preschool Pack This pack is an ideal complement to a wetlands unit, with printable sensorial, fine motor, early math, and early literacy activities
- Frogs and Amphibians Preschool Pack Another great variety pack of activities – I especially love “the Question Game” where children practice making inferences (determining an item based on clues).
- Amphibians Printable Pack from Every Star is Different
- Pond Activities Bundle from I Believe in Montessori
- Alligators Pack free printable from Welcome to Mommyhood
- Free Snail Printables and Activities from Living Montessori Now
- TpT: You can find a variety of curriculum printables about the wetlands and biomes in general on Teachers pay Teachers.
The Wetland Biome: Crafts
- Make a Bathyscope (underwater viewer) with Raising Global Kidizens
- Two fun and simple paper plate turtle craft ideas from Miss Coley’s Art Blog and Glued to my Crafts – try setting one of these up as an individual activity on your art shelf
- Paper Water Lily Experiment from Playtivities