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Long Island Sound Study


9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut, New York, Long Island

Habitat and Wildlife Monitoring

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  • This article examines a measurement tool used in coastal marshes, the location and ecological importance of eelgrass, and how fish populations are monitored in the Long Island Sound.
  • Students will learn that a Surface Elevation Table is useful for analyzing wetland sediments, eelgrass meadows give fish a place to forage, and a trawl survey is a process for monitoring fish populations in the Long Island Sound.
Teaching Tips


  • The article includes helpful photos and graphics to assist with comprehension.
  • This article contains contact information for those who want to monitor Westchester and Long Island fish populations.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It may help if students understand the environmental impacts of sea level rise.
  • Some students may benefit from having the terms embayment, peat, and watershed defined before reading the article. English language learners may benefit from having additional words defined.


  • To assess prior knowledge, the teacher can ask the class questions about the Long Island Sound and see if anyone has visited.
  • This article can enhance a classroom discussion on environmental stewardship and the ecological impacts of human activity.
  • This article can support a lesson on various aquatic ecosystems, their ecological importance, and how these ecosystems are impacted by climate change.
  • Students can research how pollution or sea level rise impacts local species and present their findings to the class.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the Long Island Sound Study provides a brief discussion about the impact of sea level rise on coastal marshes. The article discusses monitoring strategies and flora and fauna surveys. This information comes from a reputable source and can build on a classroom discussion about the effects of climate change on sea level rise.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • CCC.Stability and Change: For both designed and natural systems, conditions that affect stability and factors that control rates of change are critical elements to consider and understand.
      • HS-CCC-Stability and Change.1. Much of science deals with constructing explanations of how things change and how they remain stable.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Civics
      • D2.Civ.5.9-12 Evaluate citizens' and institutions' effectiveness in addressing social and political problems at the local, state, tribal, national, and/or international level.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Reading: Informational Text (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.9-10.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).
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