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  • Students doing schoolwork on a dock

    Students use math, visual and auditory techniques to demonstrate that the amount of carbon being added to the atmosphere by humans is more than what the planet is removing. This activity can use different learning styles to demonstrate the 2008 global carbon budget. Show that the imbalance of a yearly extra four billion tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is the fundamental cause of climate change.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Earth Science, Mathematics, Physical Science
  • 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
  • native thistle

    The natural food chain within a habitat is finely tuned. For any species to survive within a habitat four components are needed: food, water, shelter, and space. Exotic species can take these components away from native species.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    Exotic Species, Native Species, impact, environment, wildlife management, food chain, habitat
  • Woodpeckers on a tree

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Seventh Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Botany, Visual Arts, Wildlife Biology
  • Students use an ID card

    The students will be able to define the terms native, alien, endangered and extinct; explain the impact of exotic vegetation to natural communities; name at least three native and three exotic species found in South Florida.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
  • visitor looking at a tree

    Students will be able to define herbivore, carnivore, and omnivore listing three Everglades animals found in each group and will be able to describe three Everglades food chains.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    First Grade-Second Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment
    Keywords:
    food chain, producers, consumers, physical education, photosynthesis
  • Burmese Python

    Students will be able to define exotic and native species and give an example of each. Students will be able to explain how an exotic species can harm native species or habitats.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    Keywords:
    Burmese python, invasive species, exotic animals, Exotic Species, Everglades
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