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    "Celebrity of the Slough" Plant Activities: 4-6 Grade

    Cypress trees make up the cypress slough habitat. The Cypress tree grows in water and usually has a buttress trunk. On a daily basis, trees experience nature’s offerings; a bird perching on a limb; a snake crawling on it; a wind storm. However, the natural way of things is often changed when humans enter the picture. Students will learn about the different human activities that impact the South Florida environment by portraying cypress trees and dramatizing situations which may affect a tree.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Bioengineering, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Hydrology
    National/State Standards:
    Next generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS TH.A.1.2
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    "Create a Community" Environment: 4-6th Grade

    Communities are made of different plants and animals that all play an important role. Plants are producers that make their own food through a process called photosynthesis. Consumers are animals that eat the plants (herbivores) or other animals (carnivores) or both (omnivores). Decomposers cause decay and return nutrients to the earth. This activity will enable students to distinguish between producers, consumers, and decomposers.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment
    National/State Standards:
    Next generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS LA.4.4.2.1 LA.5.4.2.1 LA.6.4.2.1
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    "Who's Killing Our Fish?" Water: 4-6 Grade

    The student will be able to: a) locate the Dry Tortugas, b) analyze the effects of overharvesting on various fish populations, and c) discuss reasons that make wildlife restrictions important to the survival of populations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Marine Biology, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS LA.4.2.1.2 SC.4.L.17 LA.5.2.1.2 SC.5.L.15 LA.6.2.1.2
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    "Incredible Shrinking Habitat" Environment: 4-6 Grade

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Conservation, Environment, Planning/Development
    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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    "Alligator Hole Eco-Drama" Wildlife: 4-6th Grade

    The students will be able to: a) describe the wet/dry season of the Everglades/South Florida, b) explain why alligators dig a “gator hole” during the dry season, c) explain why the alligator is sometimes called the “Keeper of the Everglades.”

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Hydrology, Performing Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Next generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.17 NS.K-4.3 NS.K-4.6 NS.5-8.3
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    "Animal Olympics" Wildlife: 4-6th Grade

    The students will be able to: a) compare and contrast differences between animals and themselves, b) define the concepts of variation and biological diversity, and c) develop a classification system to group the animals in this activity; i.e. runners, swimmers, fliers, two-legged or four-legged.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.17 NS.K-4.3 NS.K-4.6 NS.5-8.3 NS.5-8.3
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    "Camouflage Critters" Wildlife: 4-6 Grade

    Students will be able to show how insects use camouflage to survive

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Third Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Visual Arts
    National/State Standards:
    Next generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.16 SC. 5.L.15 NS.K-4.3 NS.K-4.6 NS.5-8.3
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    "Where Have You Gone?" Environment: 4-6 Grade

    Students will be able to: a) discuss some of the problems that wild animals and plants face from humans, b) list examples of how personal feelings and beliefs can affect situations involving wild organisms, and c) make decisions about a value-related plant/animal issue.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Environment
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.5.L.15 SC.4.L.17 SC.6.L.14
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    "Going, Going, Gone" Don't Let It Loose: 5-8th Grade

    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 Plans
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade - Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation Sunshine State Standards: 5th: SC.5.L.15, SC.5.L.17 6th: SC.6.L.14 7th: SC.7.L.17 National Science Standards grades 5-8: Life Science: NS.5-8.3 Personal and Social Perspectives: NS.5-8.3
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    "Fish Relay" Wildlife: 4-6th Grade

    The students will be able to: a) describe the wet/dry seasons of the Everglades/South Florida, b) describe what happens to aquatic life as the waters in the Everglades dry down, c) explain why wading birds nest during the dry season, d) describe how the Everglades’ wildlife is adapted to the wet/dry season.

    Type:
    Lesson Plans
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade - Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Nutrition, Physical Fitness
    National/State Standards:
    Next Generation FLORIDA SUNSHINE STATE STANDARDS SC.4.L.17 SC.5.L.1 SC.6.L.14 NS.K-4.3 NS.K-4.6 NS.5-8.3