Lion Country Safari Habitats Vol. 3
(Designed for grades 9-12)
Recognize that catastrophic events; climate changes; human activity; and the introduction of invasive, non-native species may result in loss of biodiversity.
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 basic high school level of study, 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.912.L.17.16: Discuss the large-scale environmental impacts resulting from human activity, including waste spills, oil spills, runoff, greenhouse gases, ozone depletion, and surface and groundwater pollution.
SC.912.L.8: Recognize the consequences of the losses of biodiversity due to catastrophic events, climate changes, human activity, and the introduction of invasive, non-native species.
MAFS.K12.MP.4.1: Model with mathematics.
VA.912.C.2.2: Synthesize knowledge and skills learned from non-art content areas to support the processes of creation, interpretation, and analysis.
Habitat III Activity 1
This activity is designed to introduce students to factors that can contribute to the loss of biodiversity.
Habitat III 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?