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  • A students looks into a box of goodies.

    In this activity, students will create their own national park, while learning about the value of national parks. Students will learn about the national parks- why they are established and what each one can contain. They will collaborate with partners to develop their own national park, highlighting sites of interests, natural features, and advertising for visitors to come visit their national park!

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civic Engagement, Conservation, Ecology, Education, Environment, Historic Preservation, Planning/Development, Public Policy, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Recreation Ecology
  • Mosquito

    Students will state two reasons why the mosquito is important in the Everglades ecosystem and will be able to draw a five part food chain.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Economics
    Keywords:
    Mosquitoes, food chain, ecosystem, habitat, humans
  • An Anhinga spreads its wings.

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Visual Arts
    Keywords:
    art, adaptation, wildlife
  • Students at Shark Valley observation area.

    Students will build on previous vocabulary pertaining to National Parks, while also thinking about the deeper meaning of what these words entail.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Language Arts
  • Ranger-led tram tour

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Earth Science, Environment, Environmental Law, Health, Marine Biology, Oceans
  • Purple Gallinule

    Students will be able to name at least three living and three non-living components of the web of life and will be able to identify which web of life categories three different Everglades species fit into.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Fourth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment
    Keywords:
    Web of life, food chain, habitat, living, non-living, ecosystem
  • Students acting in a habitat

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants
  • Alligator

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Ecology, Environment, Hydrology, Performing Arts
  • Ranger Andrew and students soaking it up

    Students will learn about the interconnections between our actions and the water we receive and use straight from the aquifer that lays beneath the Everglades. Prepare to get wet !

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate Change, Entrepreneurs, Hydrology, Marine Biology
  • Sunset over the Pine Rockland habitat

    Students will learn about 5 habitats in Everglades national park: the cypress slough, sawgrass prairie, pineland, mangrove estuary, and hardwood hammock, and learn each habitat’s characteristic plant and animal life.

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