Eyes on Island – 1 Day Trip

3rd – 5th grade
Study Coastal and Mangrove Ecology
 



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  • Explore a Mangrove Estuary
  • Canoe Interconnected Waterways through Mangrove Fringed Shoreline
  • Study Ecological Relationships between Coasts, Mangroves, and Hammocks
  • Comparative Water Testing and Data Collection
  • Wet lab- Collect and Identify Mangrove Invertebrates and Fish
  • Record Data in Journals

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Students will become “Wildlife Biologists” as they spend an exciting day exploring the mangrove fringed shorelines and interconnected waterways at West Lake Park. On the protected mangrove lined waterways, students will master the skills of canoeing and study the ecological relationships between coastal waters and mangroves. Students will work in teams to collect water samples and predict what plants and animals live in these ecosystems. During an interactive wet-lab, “scientists” will put their hypotheses to the test as they collect and identify the invertebrates and fish that call the mangroves their home. They will understand the significance of these coastal waterways and the interconnected uplands to the survival of the Native Americans and early settlers. We will head back to school reflecting on our adventures in West Lake Park!

Florida State Standards following grades 3-5

Students will:

  1. learn the importance of recording data in a field journal, with an emphasis on using their own powers of scientific observation
  2. SC.3.N.1.3 Keep records as appropriate, such as pictorial, written, or simple charts and graphs, of investigations conducted.

    SC.3.N.1.7 Explain that empirical evidence is information, such as observations or measurements, that is used to help validate explanations of natural phenomena.

    SC.3.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, investigate them individually and in teams through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.3.L14 Humans can better understand the world through careful observation.

    SC.4.N.1.1 Raise questions about the natural world, use appropriate reference materials that support understanding to obtain information (identifying the source), conduct both individual and team investigations through free exploration and systematic investigations, and generate appropriate explanations based on those explorations.

    SC.4.N.1.4 Attempt reasonable answers to scientific questions and cite evidence in support.

    SC.4.N.1.6 Keep records that describe observations made, carefully distinguishing actual observations from ideas and inferences about the observations.

    SC.4.N.1.7 Recognize and explain that scientists base their explanations on evidence.

    SC.5.N.1.1 Define a problem, use appropriate reference materials to support scientific understanding, plan and carry out scientific investigations of various types such as: systematic observations, experiments requiring the identification of variables, collecting and organizing data, interpreting data in charts, tables, and graphics, analyze information, make predictions, and defend conclusions.

    SC.5.N.1.6 Recognize and explain the difference between personal opinion/interpretation and verified observation.

    SC.5.N.2.1 Recognize and explain that science is grounded in empirical observations that are testable; explanation must always be linked with evidence.

  3. learn the importance of conducting water testing using a variety of measuring tools, understand how to use these tools and begin to interpret the results
  4. SC.3.N.1.2 Compare the observations made by different groups using the same tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.

    SC.3.P.8.1 Measure and compare temperatures of various samples of solids and liquids.

    SC.3.N.3.1 Recognize that words in science can have different or more specific meanings than their use in everyday language; for example, energy, cell, heat/cold, and evidence.

    SC.4.E.6.5 Investigate how technology and tools help to extend the ability of humans to observe very small things and very large things.

    SC.4.N.1.2 Compare the observations made by different groups using multiple tools and seek reasons to explain the differences across groups.

    SC.4.N.1.5 Compare the methods and results of investigations done by other classmates.

    SC.4.P.8.2 Identify properties and common uses of water in each of its states.

    SC.5.N.1.3 Recognize and explain the need for repeated experimental trials.

  5. understand how Native Americans were able to utilize Florida’s unique barrier island systems throughout their history, how they taught the Spanish to use the available resources and discover how their use of certain plants and trees made a significant cultural contribution to the students’ own lives
  6. SC.4.L.17.2 Explain that animals, including humans, cannot make their own food and that when animals eat plants or other animals, the energy stored in the food source is passed to them.

    SS.3.G.2.6 Investigate how people perceive places and regions differently by conducting interviews, mental mapping, and studying news, poems, legends, and songs about a region or area.

    SS.3.G.3.2 Describe the natural resources in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

    SS.3.G.4.1 Explain how the environment influences settlement patterns in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

    SS.3.G.4.2 Identify the cultures that have settled the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

    SS.4.A.2.1 Compare Native American tribes in Florida.

    SS.5.A.2.3 Compare cultural aspects of Native American tribes from different geographic regions of North America including but not limited to clothing, shelter, food, major beliefs and practices, music, art, and interactions with the environment.

  7. understand the concept of native and exotic organisms through observation of mangrove trees, Australian pines, water hyacinth, etc. in the lagoon, noting that they have adaptations specific to a certain geographic region
  8. SC.3.N.1.6 Infer based on observation.

    SC.4.L.17.1 Compare the seasonal changes in Florida plants and animals to those in other regions of the country.

    SC.5.L.15.1 Describe how, when the environment changes, differences between individuals allow some plants and animals to survive and reproduce while others die or move to new locations.

  9. understand the importance of mangroves as the base of the food web and how they are able to become dominant in areas of increased salt in the water because of a lack of competition for the resources in these areas
  10. SC.3.L.17 Plants and animals, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

    SC.3.L.14 All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.

    SC.4.L.17 Plants and animal, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs. Energy flows from the sun through producers to consumers.

    SC.5.L. 14 All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them to grow and reproduce.

    SC.5.L.15 Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival.

  11. understand the importance of mangroves in protecting our coastal ecosystems and how they are easily affected by human activities.
  12. SC.3.L.17 Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

    SC.3.L.15 Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can effect their survival.

    SC.4.L.17 Both human activities and natural events can have major impacts on the environment.

    SC.5.L.15 Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival.

  13. learn that organisms living in an intertidal zone have a variety of specific adaptations that allow them thrive in an area of variable temperature, salinity, stability, etc.
  14. SC.3.L.14 All plants and animals, including humans, have internal parts and external structures that function to keep them alive and help them grow and reproduce.

    SC.4.L.17 Plants and animal, including humans, interact with and depend upon each other and their environment to satisfy their basic needs.

    SC.5.L.14.2 Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support — some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons — while some plants have stems for support.

    SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

  15. identify and understand basic marine organisms and their unique structures, functions and environmental adaptations
  16. SC.3.L.15 Earth is home to a great diversity of living things, but changes in the environment can affect their survival. Individuals of the same kind often differ in their characteristics and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.

    SC.3.L.15.1 Classify animals into major groups (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, arthropods, vertebrates and invertebrates, those having live births and those which lay eggs) according to their physical characteristics and behaviors.

    SC.4.L.16.2 Explain that although characteristics of plants and animals are inherited, some characteristics can be affected by the environment.

    SC.5.L.14.2 Compare and contrast the function of organs and other physical structures of plants and animals, including humans, for example: some animals have skeletons for support — some with internal skeletons others with exoskeletons — while some plants have stems for support.

    SC.5.L.17.1 Compare and contrast adaptations displayed by animals and plants that enable them to survive in different environments such as life cycles variations, animal behaviors and physical characteristics.

Pricing:

  • $70.00 per student
  • Based on a minimum of 36 students and a maximum of 48 students
  • Based on a Broward County departure
  • Includes coach transportation, instruction, and equipment