One way to teach the saltwater ecosystem to kids is to use a variety of learning aids such as visual displays of the ecosystem, short stories about oceans and marine life and a classroom saltwater aquarium. According to Parenting Science, hands-on learning is best when teaching young children, but there are many benefits to both teacher-led and self-directed lessons in classrooms.
Teachers may begin teaching students about a saltwater ecosystem by determining the skill level of the students and whether the lesson plan will focus on general ocean life or specific types of ecosystems within the seas. According to National Geographic, the ocean consists of several ecosystems that include abyssal plains, shorelines, coral reefs and arctic regions.
Asking questions about visiting the ocean or sea animals that are usually familiar to children is an excellent introduction to saltwater ecosystems. Many children have visited the ocean or are familiar with animals such as sharks, dolphins or colorful tropical fish. Young children are particularly interested in subjects that can be related to real-life experiences. Teachers can benefit by determining which specific types of saltwater ecosystem are to be studied within the lesson or breaking the lesson up into sections that cover each type of ecosystem.
For instance, covering abyssal plains in one lesson and arctic regions in the next lesson provides children with specific information that can be used to identify precise ecosystems within the oceans. Interactive online games, quizzes and tips on reducing the student's impact on the environment to protect saltwater ecosystems are all teaching aids that promote learning among younger students.