Date Posted: Mar 03, 2016
The Florida Wildflower Foundation today released its 139-page Wild About Wildflowers! — A Classroom Activity Guide for Florida’s third- and fourth-grade students.
Through fun, engaging activities, the guide encourages students to learn about Florida’s native wildflowers and their place in the environment – including the roles they play in the support of pollinators and other wildlife.
“This tremendously rich, versatile resource will help students achieve a variety of Florida educational standards in math, science and language,” said Lisa Roberts, Florida Wildflower Foundation executive director. “When the lessons are presented from start to finish, the guide gives students a comprehensive introduction to wildflowers, as well as to flowers in general.”
Through the lessons, students will discover how plants reproduce, how they adapt to their environments, and how they interact in ecosystems with insects, animals and other plants.
The activities include hands-on outdoor exploration, interactive modeling games, writing, arts and crafts, and research opportunities. Each section contains a glossary and vocabulary puzzle, as well as a resources page with books and websites that expand and enhance activities. Web quests are included to encourage students to use technology to expand their knowledge.
While activities have been designed to meet specific third- and fourth-grade standards, many can be adapted to other grade levels.
The guide is available for download on the Florida Wildflower Foundation’s website at www.FlaWildflowers.org/seedsforschools.php. Teachers also may apply for grants that provide wildflower plants that serve as outdoor classrooms when using the guide.
The guide was produced with donations made through Florida State Wildflower license plate sales and from the Wildflower Foundation Inc.
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