Lesson Plan

"What's So Special?"                Environment: 4-6 Grade

Ranger Greg and students in a Pine Rocklands habitat

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Grade Level:
Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
Subject:
Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Environment, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
Duration:
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS
LA.4.3.1.1
LA.5.3.1.1
LA.6.3.1.1

Overview

Students will draw a favorite plant, animal, or activity common to the Everglades environment and explain, in writing, the reason they chose it. This will help students recognize and identify one valuable aspect of a national park’s environment, and draw conclusions as to why they value that aspect of the environment.

Background

The Everglades is many different things to many people: an escape from their urban habitat; a place to photograph, canoe, or fish; a place for bird watching; a place of beauty, of peace; a place to see "dangerous" animals. Encouraging students to discover what they value in our national parks is a first step toward a commitment to preserving this part of our South Florida environment. This exercise will help students identify those values, and share them with their peers.



Additional Resources

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

http://www.nps.gov/ever/photosmultimedia/clips.htm

Vocabulary

Everglades, biodiversity, environment, values