Lesson Plan

"Thirst Game -Periphyton"        Habitat Video: The Slough

Periphyton in hand

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Grade Level:
Pre-Kindergarten-First Grade
Subject:
Aquatic Studies, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Marine Biology
Duration:
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
in the park
National/State Standards:
Florida Next Generation
SC.912.L.17.4
Keywords:
Everglades, slough, habitat, periphyton

Overview

Water is a necessity for all life in the Everglades. Periphyton is a colony of blue-green algae, during the dry season, periphyton will store water like a sponge, distributing nutrients to all life forms. When most parts of the Everglades have dried out, periphyton will still have water and a vital food source for all living creatures. This will result in life flourishing until the next rain falls.


Objective(s)

Measure the amount of water soaked in a quantity of five pieces of Periphyton.



Additional Resources

Watch "The Slough" episode
http://www.nps.gov/ever/photosmultimedia/mountainsandvalleys.htm

 



Vocabulary

Habitat, periphyton, producer, food chain, food web