Lion Country Safari Habitats Vol. 2
(Designed for grades 4-8)
To understand that climate affects habitats, and to recognize ways that all living things, including humans, can impact the environment.
A habitat is the specialized area and specific conditions necessary for an animal to survive and grow naturally. This includes everything that animal may need on a day-to-day basis, such as food, water, shelter, and space in which to move freely. Habitats can be highly specialized such as one leaf on a particular tree for an insect, or generalized such as the Amazon rain forest for the scarlet macaw or two-toed sloth. Each animal needs a specialized habitat; however, many animals may share one habitat. Every living organism in a habitat exerts visible as well as invisible influences over every other living organism in that habitat. As a result, the types of relationships that can develop within any habitat are infinite in number. At this level of study of habitats, students will think about ways that humans interact with wildlife and wild places, with an emphasis on how people can help to improve the environment by making informed decisions. Their learning will be reinforced with hands-on activities.
This program meets the following Next Generation Sunshine State Standards and is STEAM compliant:
SC.4.L.17.4: Recognize ways plants and animals, including humans, can impact the environment. SC.5.E.7.5: Recognize that some of the weather-related differences, such as temperature and humidity, are found among different environments, such as swamps, deserts, and mountains.
SC.5.E.7.6: Describe the characteristics (temperature & precipitation) of different climate zones as they relate to latitude, elevation, and proximity to bodies of water.
MA.FS.4.MD.1.1: Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two-column table.
MA.FS.4.MD.1.1: Convert among different-sized standard measurement units (i.e., km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec) within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.
MAFS.5.NBT.2.5: Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
MAFS.6.SP.1.1: Recognize a statistical question as one that anticipates variability in the data related to the question and accounts for it in the answers.
VA.4.C.3.3: Use the art-making process, analysis, and discussion to identify the connections between art and other disciplines.
VA.4.S.1.3: Create artworks that integrate ideas from culture or history.
VA.5.F.3.2: Create artwork that shows procedural and analytical thinking to communicate ideas.
VA.68.C.3.3: Use analytical skills to understand meaning and explain connections with other contexts.
Habitat II Activity 1
This activity is designed to introduce students to the impact that climate has on various habitats. Answers: 1. D; 2. E; 3. B; 4. A; 5. C
Habitat II Activity 2
Lead a discussion with the class by following these topic ideas. What other questions related to the environment can the students think of?