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In this activity, students discuss how a variety of everyday objects can serve as metaphors for the important characteristics and functions of estuaries.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • define an estuary
  • describe some key features of estuaries and their importance for humans and marine life
  • discuss some of the impacts that humans have on estuaries.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • student worksheet.

Useful link

Visit the estuaries page on the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand for more information.

    Published 12 October 2009 Referencing Hub articles