Middle School Activities

Activities provided on this page are designed for students at the middle school level.  Associated educational standards are shown in parentheses.

Florida’s Wetlands – targeted for grades 4-7.  Workbook/newsletter format that includes activities and information on wetlands.

Humans Threaten Wetlands’ Ability to Keep Pace with Sea-Level Rise.  This text resource can be found on the CPALMS database and is intended to support reading in the content area. The text discusses the different benefits that wetlands bring to the environment, their potential resilience to sea level rise, and the different ways in which human-caused climate change is affecting their potential resiliency.  (SC.7.E.6.6, LAFS.68.RST.1.1, LAFS.68.RST.1.2, LAFS.68.RST.2.4, LAFS.68.RST.4.10, LAFS.68.WHST.1.2, LAFS.68.WHST.3.9)

Disappearing Frogs:  Percentage and Environment.  This 6-hour lesson plan can be found on the CPALMS database.  Students must explore and assess the implications various human and environmental factors are having on the yellow-legged frog population in California. Students will use knowledge of percentages to calculate population size and will complete research to explore the affects of human impact on the environment and the process of adaptation through natural and artificial selection. (SC.7.E.6.6, SC.7.L.17.3, NAFS.7.RP.1.3, LAFS.68.RST.1.3, LAFS.68.RST.3.7, LAFS.68.RST.4.10)

Pizza Box Ecosystems.  This lesson plan can be found on the CPALMS database.   It is  long-term project in which students create a labeled ecosystem diorama out of a recycled pizza box as they complete an introductory ecology unit.