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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • An anhinga spreads its wings

    Students will be able to explain at least two reasons why animals communicate. Students will be able to demonstrate sounds and movements of at least three native Everglades animals.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Pre-Kindergarten-Kindergarten
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Wildlife Biology
    Keywords:
    wildlife, communication, senses
  • Egret hunting

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
  • Endangered American Crocodile

    Groups of students will receive a species identity as well as population cards to represent their abundance in nature. The teacher will then read out scenarios that disrupt different species populations. As the students’ species is affected they lose population cards. Students will discover the many ways in which human actions affect the natural world.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Environment
  • Traditional Miccosukee dress

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Anthropology, Language Arts, Writing
  • Swamp Lilly

    Students will be asked various questions about flora, fauna, and habitats of Everglades and other South Florida National Parks. Their answers will enable them to move around the “Everglades Baseball field”, and score points for their team.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Wildlife Biology
  • Ranger Nick and adults in the Pine Rockland habitat

    Fire plays an important role maintaining South Florida ecosystems. Some habitats are fire-adapted and require periodic fires to survive, while other habitats cannot survive fires. Pinelands are a South Florida habitat that require habitat to maintain its features and hammocks are habitats that do not require fire to survive. Students will be able to show and/or hypothesize about the relationship between fire and the plants in the hammock and the pinelands.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Fire Ecology
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