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    "Win, Lose or Adapt" Wildlife: 4-6 Grade

    Students will form two teams. These teams send up one student at a time to draw pictures that help their team correctly guess an adaptation. The team that guesses their adaptations the fastest wins! This activity can be applied to a wide range of plant and animal adaptations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Visual Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.16 SC.5.L.17
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    "Algae: It Feeds, Kills and Dies" Plant Activities: 4-6th Grade

    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.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.15 SC.6.L.14 NS.K-4.3 NS.K-4.6 NS.5-8.3 NS.5-8.3
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    “Going… Going… Gone!” Water: 4-6 Grade

    “Going… Going… Gone!”             Water: 4-6 Grade

    The students will be able to: a) list two of the factors involved in the extinction of small populations, and b) differentiate between an individual organism, a species, and a population.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.15 SC.6.L.14
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    "Build A Bird Nest" Wildlife: 4-6 Grade

    Students will trade one adaptation for another by limiting the use of their thumbs with tape in order to experience what using a beak to build a nest would be like. This exercise will help them identify types and uses of adaptations and can be extended to apply to a wide range of animals and plants.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Botany, Visual Arts, Wildlife Biology
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.16 SC.5.L.17 SC.6.L.15
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    "Tell Me a Story" Native People: 4-6 Grade

    Students will enjoy listening to a tale passed down by the Seminoles about how the world came to exist. Students will discuss why people told stories both historically and today. Then they can develop their own stories about things they observe in the world around them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Language Arts, Linguistics, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS LA.4.2.1.5 LA.5.2.1.5 LA.6.2.1.5
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    "Leaf Hunt" Plant Activities: 4-6 Grade

    There is a huge diversity of leaf structures (adapted to getting sunlight, nutrients, and water in their specific habitat) in South Florida. Both tropical and temperate species are able to survive here because of their special adaptations. Students can become more familiar with the vegetation around them by simply taking time to study it up close. This activity is designed to give students a chance to notice and appreciate the importance of diversity in leaf/plant adaptations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Fire Ecology
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.17
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    "Designs Of My World" Native People: 4-6 Grade

    Students will discover the meaning behind the patterns on traditional Miccosukee attire. The students will then design their own patterns based on important elements of their everyday life. Finally, the students write about what their design means to them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Language Arts, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Next generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SS.A.6.2 SS.A.6.3
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    "What's that Slippery Mess?" Water: 4-6 Grade

    The student will be able to: a) show ways oil spills can affect wildlife adversely, and b) point out possible negative consequences to wildlife, people, and the environment from human-caused pollutants and/or industry.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Earth Science, Environment, Environmental Law, Health, Marine Biology, Oceans
    National/State Standards:
    FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS MA.4.A.6.6 SC.4.L.17 MA.5.A.1 SC.5.L.15 MA.5.A.6
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    "Water Poetry" Water: 4-6 Grade

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Hydrology, Language Arts, Writing
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS LA.4.4.1.2 LA.5.4.1.2 LA.6.4.1.2
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    "The Water Watch" Water: 4-6 Grade

    The student will be able to: a) list two reasons why water conservation is necessary for the preservation of the Everglades, b) list two ways in which they can increase community involvement in water conservation, and c) produce a petition which lists ways to conserve water and get at least one hundred signatures on their petition.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Ecology, Environment, Hydrology
    National/State Standards:
    FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS LA.4.3.1.2 SC.4.L.17 LA.5.3.1.2 SC.5.L.15 LA.6.3.1.2 SC.6.L.14