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"Go Back Home"                      Don't Let It Loose : 5-8th Grade

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Conservation, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
45 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 60
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards:
5th: SC.5.L.15, SC.5.L.17
6th: SC.6.L.14  7th: SC.7.L.15, SC.7.L.17
National Science Standards grades 5-8:
Life Science: NS.5-8.3
Personal and Social Perspectives: NS.5-8.3
Exotic Species, Native Species, impact, environment, wildlife management, food chain, habitat


The natural food chain within a habitat is finely tuned. For any species to survive within a habitat four components are needed: food, water, shelter, and space. Exotic species can take these components away from native species.


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.

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Food chain, exotic, native, habitat, competition, producer, consumer, herbivore, omnivore, carnivore

Last updated: April 14, 2015