Lesson Plan

"Algae: It Feeds, Kills and Dies"  Plant Activities: 4-6th Grade

Periphyton algea


Students will be able to: 1) arrange an aquatic
food chain in the Everglades, 2) explain how nutrients, in the
form of fertilizer, can affect this food chain, and 3) demonstrate
how contaminants, like mercury, can end up in our bodies.


Our "Plant" unit is broken into six lesson plans, each taking from 20 minutes to several class periods to complete, and targeted mainly at 4th-6th 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



Food chain, fertilizer, pyramid of numbers, mercury, periphyton, nutrients, biomagnification, contaminant