Lesson Plan

“Population Explosion”                Don't Let It Loose: 5-8th Grade

Students in a meadow
Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Biology: Plants, Conservation
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Next Generation Florida SSS:
5th: MA.5.A.4.2 SC.5.L.15 LA.
6th: MA.6.A.3.6 SC.6.L.15,  LA.
7th: MA.7.P.7.2, SC.7.E.6.6, LA.,
National Science Standards grades 5-8:
Life Science: NS.5-8.3
Perspectives: NS.5-8.3


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.


Our "Don't let it Loose" unit is broken into seven lesson plans, each taking 45 minutes to 4 classroom periods to complete, and targeted primarily at middle school students. A class needn't complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another. However, each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.

Additional Resources



native, exotic, wetland