Lessons on the Lake Logo chapter 3: The Magic of the Estuary
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Magical Images of the Estuary

The estuary is truly a magical place.

Bring the magic to life by capturing it with a magic “eye”!


  • Polaroid cameras
  • Film
  • Magical Images of the Estuary” handout, page 70.


  • Choose a local wetland area to visit.
  • Download and print a copy of the “Magical Images of the Estuary” handout.
  • Brainstorm a list of picture-taking hints with your Teacher
    • Examples include:
    • Always take pictures with the light behind you; do not face the sun!
    • Choose a center of interest for the picture.
    • Look for interesting textures, lines, color and form.
    • Try getting real close! (Use common sense with animals.)
    • Show the size and scale of an object by placing a common object that  everyone can identify (such as a coin) in the photo composition.

  • Discuss with students possible subjects for their photo journals or photo essays.
      • Examples include:
      • Animals, birds, or grasses and plants in the estuary;
      • Producers, consumers, and decomposers in the food chain;
      • Elements of the water cycle, and
      • A “tour” through the estuary!
    • Design a book of estuary photos using a specific theme with text blocks identifying, describing, and telling stories about the pictures.
    • Have an exhibit of all photo journals and photo essays!


    Exhibit photo journal and photo essays at a school function or in an elementary school classroom.


    There are only two species of alligators. Closely related species are crocodiles and caymans.
    1. Introduction
    2. Essential Questions
    3. What is an Estuary?
    4. Functions of the Estuary
    5. Activity: Music of the Estuary
    6. Activity: Magical Images of the Estuary
    7. Activity: Estuary Interviews
    8. Activity: Estuary Issues
    9. Activity: What does it take to be an Estuary Inhabitant?