Everglades Curriculum Materials
Students will research the most wanted invasive species in the...
Educators rely on these guides to prepare for Everglades field trips.
Students see how melting ice-sheets far away is raising sea level in...
Students will create their own camouflaged critter to observe the...
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!
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.
Wetlands have a bad rap. Many people think marshes are worthless areas full of snakes, bugs, smells, and creapy crawlies. In reality, these places are critically important ecosystems and are some of the most productive regions in the world. During this 1-hour program, students explore the marsh, discover, catch and observe marsh animals and learn more about the many reasons salt marshes are valuable and worth protecting.
These activity guides are important resources for planning field trips to the Everglades, or Dry Tortugas National Park While these guides are written for teachers partaking in formal ranger/teacher-led programs, they are helpful for any group doing a "self-guided", or "special request" field trip. Locations include Shark Valley, Royal Palm, Hidden Lake and Loop Road camps, and the Dry Tortugas National Park.
Water is a necessity for all life in the Everglades. Periphyton is a colony of blue-green algae, during the dry season, periphyton will store water like a sponge, distributing nutrients to all life forms. When most parts of the Everglades have dried out, periphyton will still have water and a vital food source for all living creatures. This will result in life flourishing until the next rain falls.
Students will be able to explain why manatees can not survive in cold water. Students will be able to explain the dangers of boat propellers to the Florida Bay sea grass habitat, and to the manatees. Students will describe four characteristics of the manatee.
Students will use science tools (graduated cylinder, metric stick, balance scale, weigh scale) to measure and record physical data about mangrove propagules. They will compare data with other students.
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.
Using props, ice, building dioramas, maps and art, students will see how sea level rise is caused by melting ice-sheets (not by melting ice-bergs).
Students will be able to identify and recite the first letter of the name of at least 10 Everglades plants and/or animals.