Lesson Plan

"Unwanted Guests"                  Don't Let It Loose: 5-8th Grade

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Eighth Grade
Conservation, Environment, Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management
45 mins
Group Size:
Up to 36
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
National Science Standards grades 5-8:
Life Science:  NS.5-8.3
Personal and Social Perspectives:  NS.5-8.3


Everglades is home to many species of animals, fifteen of which are considered endangered. The invasion of exotic species is a threat to native species. Removing exotics from the Everglades is expensive and not always successful.


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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Exotic Species, Native Species

Last updated: April 14, 2015