Lesson Plan

"Pineland Invaders"                  Plant: 4-6 Grade

Ranger Nick and adults in the Pine Rockland habitat

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Fire Ecology
Duration:
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
SC.4.L.17
SC.5.L.15
SC.6.L.14

Overview

Fire plays an important role maintaining South Florida ecosystems. Some habitats are fire-adapted and require periodic fires to survive, while other habitats cannot survive fires. Pinelands are a South Florida habitat that require habitat to maintain its features and hammocks are habitats that do not require fire to survive. Students will be able to show and/or hypothesize about the relationship between fire and the plants in the hammock and the pinelands.

Background

Our "Plant" unit is broken into seven 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