Lesson Plan

"We're Sponging Off the Everglades"    Water: 4-6 Grade

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 !


Our "Water" unit of the activity guide contains various lesson plans, most of which take 45 minutes to an hour to complete (although some only 15-30 minutes), and targeted mainly at 4th-6th grade students. Most of these lessons focus on learning about the water cycle and the Everglades watershed. A class doesn't need to complete every lesson in the unit, though some lessons do refer to one another and are better done in sequence. Each lesson comes with its own set of objectives and resources.

Additional Resources


Robinson, George B. & Robinson, Sandra C., Discover a Watershed: the Everglades, The Watercourse, ©1996, pp. 5-17.


Lodge, T.E., The Everglades Handbook Understanding the Ecosystem, CRC press LLC, ©2005




Water cycle, water conservation, watershed, sheet flow, aquifer, restoration