Quick Lab: Wetlands, A Natural Filter
Wetlands have important roles. They ﬁlter sediment from runoff. They also absorb excess water during storms that could cause ﬂoods. In this activity, you will model ﬁltration by wetlands.
In one end of the pan, build a sloping hill out of damp soil.
Add water to the other end of the pan to form a lake.
Use the cup to sprinkle water (“rain”) onto the hill. Observe whathappens to the hill and lake.
Empty the pan into a place designated by your teacher. Ask formore soil and rebuild the hill.
Push the sponge into the soil across the bottom of the hill to modela wetland. Use the diagram to help you.
Repeat Steps 2 and 3.
Empty the pan in the place designated by your teacher. Rinse outand return your lab materials to the right corner of your table. Cleanyour area.
Record your observations and work on your questions.
Finish the sentence:
The soil in the pan represents... _______________________.The water in thecup represents... ______________________________.The sponge represents... _____________________________________.In this lab, I modeled how...________________________________________________________________.
Name: _________________ Grade 6, Core: ______ Date: __________________
Materials (per group):
1 clear pan1 cup1 spongesoilwater