Lesson Plan

"Incredible Shrinking Habitat"    Environment: 4-6 Grade     

Florida Panther

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Subject:
Biology: Animals, Conservation, Environment, Planning/Development
Duration:
45  mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
outdoors
National/State Standards:
Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
SC.4.L.17
SC.5.L.15
SC.6.L.14

Overview

The Florida panther has succumbed to numerous pressures, including loss of habitat, to become a highly endangered species. Access into wilderness areas by road building for drainage canals, and increased development for ranching, lumber, agriculture, mining, oil and gas drilling, housing and recreation all impact the panther habitat. Students will become panthers, deer and vehicles in an active tag-like game to learn about the impact of development.

Background

Our "What's Happening to our Environment" unit is broken into six lesson plans, each taking from 20 minutes to several class periods to complete, and targeted mainly at fourth through sixth grade students. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.



Additional Resources

http://www.nps.gov/ever/forteachers/4-6-activity-guide.htm



Vocabulary

Endangered species, population, prey base, limiting factors