Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Everglades, and addresses the standard of identifying ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display this image, or a similar one:

Ask students: What problem do you see? What actions can people take to solve it?  

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

  • Read aloud the description below the Movie player.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Personalities,”or “Did You Know?” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • Make-a-Movie: Produce a public service announcement about the importance of the Everglades environment, and actions people can take to preserve it. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying and describing the relationship between humans and the Everglades. 
  • Creative Coding: Code a meme representing the importance of preserving the Everglades. 

Step 4: REFLECT & ASSESS 

Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about the Everglades. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • Why is it important for people to take actions to protect the environment where they live? 
  • How can communities work together to preserve natural environments?  
  • What can you do to take care of a natural environment in your community?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Everglades Challenge

Step 5:  EXTEND LEARNING

Continue exploring the relationship between people and the planet with BrainPOP’s Humans and The Environment topic.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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