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  • Everglades National Park

    Sea Level Rise: Climate Change

    Students learn about how sea level rise is being caused by melting ice sheets.

    1. Show what happens to sea level when ice sheets melt.
    2. Show what happens to sea level when icebergs melt.
    3. Connect sea level changes in Miami to icesheets melting.
    4. Explain that sea level changes are caused by melting/freezing of ice sheets in Antarctica/Greenland.
    5. Show that communities in Florida will be affected by sea level rise.
    6. Realize that South Florida has been under water many times in the geologic past.
    7. Discuss ways communities can mitigate/adapt to sea level rise.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Science
  • Ranger Greg and students in a Pine Rocklands habitat

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Environment, Wilderness, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
  • Students write as the sun rises

    Students will learn the importance of the water cycle to the Everglades watershed. They will also be able to describe ways in which they use and conserve water, after which they will write a poem about water.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Hydrology, Language Arts, Writing
  • flowers

    Students will be able to identify and recite the first letter of the name of at least 10 Everglades plants and/or animals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Bioengineering, Biology: Animals, Botany, Language Arts, Linguistics, Writing
    Keywords:
    plants, diversity, Bio-diversity, animals
  • Mangrove roots

    Students will use science tools (graduated cylinder, metric stick, balance scale, weigh scale) to measure and record physical data about mangrove propagules. They will compare data with other students.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Plants, Botany
    Keywords:
    habitat, mangrove, earth science, ecology
  • Ranger and students

    The student will be able to: a) define common terms used in the study of ecosystems, i.e., organism, food chain, food web, and inter-relationships; b) compare and contrast characteristics of the natural Everglades/South Florida with the urban environment in which they live

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology
  • Ranger Lauren leads an activity

    Students will learn where the water that sustains the Everglades originates, and how the flow of water through the K-O-E watershed sustains Florida Bay as well.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Environment, Geography, Hydrology
  • Anhinga bird

    Students will be able to name three different cycles that occur in the Everglades. Students will be able to name at least three different Everglades plants and or animals and explain which cycles affect them and how.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Earth Science, Environment
  • Florida Panther

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Environment, Planning/Development
  • Student looks in a box

    Everglades is home to many species of animals, fifteen of which are considered endangered. The invasion of exotic species is a threat to native species. Removing exotics from the Everglades is expensive and not always successful.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
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