|Ninigret Salt Pond|
Creation of a Food Web: Students should use their checklist of organisms that are found in Ninigret Salt Pond and draw a food web using these organisms. Students can also create comparison food webs of organisms from different environments.
Travel Brochure: Students will use the information provided to them in this web site to create a travel brochure for the Ninigret Salt Pond in Charlestown, Rhode Island. They should be encouraged to attract visitors to the area, but at the same time, educate them about the fragile environment they will be traveling to.
Barrier Beach Mobile: Young elementary students will enjoy creating a salt pond mobile which displays the plant and fish life encountered during their virtual field trip. Obtain black and white pictures of life found at the salt pond. Organize these pictures onto a worksheet. Your students can color, cut, and hang these pictures from a clothes hanger. Certain students may be stimulated by researching the accurate colors associated with these life forms.
Poetry Writing: Students can compose various forms of poetry which express their knowledge of the salt pond. Incorporation of emotion and the senses should be encouraged to describe their virtual field trip experience.
Reading and Organizing Data: Using the table provided in the field trip journal, students can create graphs which represent the average number of the various species of fish and sea life gathered during the seining process. Graphs of all types can be used to organize this data.
Persuasive Writing: The Ninigret Salt Pond is used by many people for various activities. Have your students take the perspective of one of the salt pond users, for example: the swimmer, the quahogger, the beach goer, the wind surfer, or the environmentalist. Have the students explain in essay form why they feel other users of the salt pond interfere with their use of the salt pond. Why should other users of the salt pond not be allowed in the area?
Interview and Research Skills: Students can invite the Department of Environmental Management to visit the classroom. Students can inquire as to the purposes for the opening of the Ninigret breech way and the effects that it appears to have had on the life forms native to the area. They should discuss the effects of tourism on the Ninigret Salt Pond and be informed on how they might help in maintaining it in the future years to come. To further investigate, students can independently research other salt ponds in Rhode Island. In a research paper, they can relate the information they gathered and draw conclusions based on their research.