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  • 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 study a freshwater habitat

    Students will examine the effect of exotic species on an ecosystem by role-playing both a healthy food chain and one that has been impacted by Mayan cichlids. Students will also be able to discuss a basic food chain, define and give examples of exotic species, and discuss how exotic species can disrupt a food chain.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Conservation, Marine Biology
    Keywords:
    Exotic, native, food chain, predator, prey, ecosystem, Survival, Fish
  • 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
  • Tree snail shell

    Students will be able to name three different shapes and identify at least three Everglades plants and/or animals that contain those shapes.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Geometry, Mathematics
    Keywords:
    Shapes, biology, art, mathematics
  • 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
  • Bromiliad

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Conservation, Environment
  • Students in a meadow

    Students will be able to  recognize melaleuca and tell how the seeds are dispersed. They will describe that melaleuca produces over 1 million seeds per year and have a concept of how much that really is. Students will determine the population of melaleuca seeds for their wetland ecosystem through sampling.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Conservation
  • Students in the Pine Rockland habitat

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment
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