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Estuary Introduction - Part 1

Open your science notebook to a new page. Add the date and the title "Estuary Introduction" on the top of the page.

Padilla Bay, Bay View State Park

Look at this picture (you can click on the picture to get a larger view). After you've studied it for a couple of minutes, describe everything you notice in the picture.

The photograph was taken at Bay View State Park in Padilla Bay, Washington. It is an estuary. If you were to walk on the beach, you would need to bring rubber boots to walk in the mud.
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Write for:
3-4 minutes
In your notebook, draw a line underneath your observations about the photograph. Under the line, write down everything you know about estuaries. Then, write down a few questions you have about them.

As you become an estuary expert, you will add to the knowledge you already have about estuaries. Hopefully, you will also answer the questions you have.

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Estuary Introduction - Part 2

Now, click on the links below to find out what an estuary is. 

Now that you've read a description of an estuary, please start a new page in your notebook. Add the title "What is an estuary?" and the date. In your own words, tell what an estuary is. You may refer back to the websites if you need to.

Now, you are going to take some virtual estuary tours. For each of these tours, be sure to write down at least one thing that you learned about estuaries in your notebook.

Make sure you have at least one fact that you learned written in your notebook. Then, look back at your questions about estuaries, were any of your estuary questions answered? If so, write the answer(s) now.

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Estuary Introduction - Part 3

For your final task on this Estuary Introduction, please draw an estuary diagram in your notebook. Be sure your diagram is labelled. Below is an example for you to look at.

Estuary Diagram
F.Binard, Parks Canada / 2006

Be prepared for our whole-group discussion time by having your notebook filled out with the following items:
  1. What you've learned today.
  2. Any questions you still have about estuaries.
  3. Interesting things you'd like to share (such as scientific drawings, interesting facts, etc.).

Become an estuary expert!

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