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  • 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
  • students feel an alligator skin

    Students will "win' pieces of animals by answering trivia questions about animal’s classification and adaptations.  When every group has a “head” “body” and “feet” section of animal, groups will complete a worksheet and draw their new animal and present it to the class.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    Art, Biology: Animals, Wildlife Management
  • Students on a field trip.

    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.

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    Type:
    Curricula
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Aquatic Studies, Architecture, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Civic Engagement, Civil War, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, History, Hydrology, Maritime History, Military and Wartime History, Naval History, Oceans, Reading, Social Studies, Visual Arts, Writing
    Keywords:
    Everglades, field trips, teacher guides, activity guides, dry tortugas
  • Baby Lubber Grasshoppers

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

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Third Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biodiversity, Biology: Animals, Visual Arts
  • Students writing a story

    Students will enjoy listening to a tale passed down by the Seminoles about how the world came to exist. Students will discuss why people told stories both historically and today. Then they can develop their own stories about things they observe in the world around them.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture, Language Arts, Linguistics, Writing
  • Students touches saw palmetto

    There is a huge diversity of leaf structures (adapted to getting sunlight, nutrients, and water in their specific habitat) in South Florida. Both tropical and temperate species are able to survive here because of their special adaptations. Students can become more familiar with the vegetation around them by simply taking time to study it up close. This activity is designed to give students a chance to notice and appreciate the importance of diversity in leaf/plant adaptations.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Fire Ecology
  • Students at sunrise by a lake

    The student will be able to: a) list two reasons why water conservation is necessary for the preservation of the Everglades, b) list two ways in which they can increase community involvement in water conservation, and c) produce a petition which lists ways to conserve water and get at least one hundred signatures on their petition.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Aquatic Studies, Ecology, Environment, Hydrology
  • Mangrove estuary

    Students will be able to explain how red mangroves islands are formed and why they are beneficial, and will be able to name at least three species of wildlife that are associated with the red mangrove.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Kindergarten-First Grade
    Subjects:
    Biology: Plants, Earth Science, Environment, Landscapes
    Keywords:
    Mangroves, physical education, habitats, seeds
  • Slough habitat

    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 Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Sixth Grade
    Subjects:
    Bioengineering, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Botany, Hydrology
  • This is an active, running game. Students will be able to show how
    infra-red radiation is trapped by greenhouse gasses.
    Students will understand what happens to the temperature
    of the planet if more greenhouse gasses are put
    into the atmosphere.

    Type:
    Lesson Plan
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Fifth Grade
    Subjects:
    Climate, Climate Change, Earth Science, Environment, Physical Education
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