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Elementary School Classroom Lessons

"Tina Tern"

Learn about the perils facing beach-nesting birds such as least terns and black skimmers by following little Tina Tern, who was born on the rooftop of a building near Tampa Bay. Created by the St. Petersburg Audubon Society with a grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary s many activities for children in grades 3-5 and is designed to meet Florida's Sunshine State curriculum standards.

📂 Teachers, download "Tina Tern" and make copies for your entire class! (PDF)

"A New Home for an Old Friend" (Pre-K through 2nd Grade)

This children's book tells a story, in rhyme and illustrations, about a family's search for a new home for their pet lionfish when a move requires them to empty their aquarium. The book explains why aquarium fish shouldn't be released into the wild and presents eco-friendly alternatives. Lesson plans included on CD in pocket of cover.

📂 Teachers, download "A New Home For An Old Friend" (PDF)

"Fish Invaders at Gypsy Point" (3rd through 5nd Grade)

This children's book tells the story of two friends, Katie and George, who discover a strange and unusual fish while snorkeling at Gypsy Point and learn that it is an invasive lionfish that has been released from someone's home aquarium. Conversations with a marine scientist named Dr. Linda help them understand why some non-native plants and animals are harmful to our environment, and what all of us can do to stop these marine invaders.

📂 Teachers, download "Fish Invaders at Gypsy Point" Book (PDF)

📂 Teachers, download "Fish Invaders at Gypsy Point" Lesson Plans (PDF)

"Flippers and Feathers: Our Beach Friends Forever!"

Children will discover, through fun drawing and coloring activities, how they can protect nesting sea turtles and shorebirds when they visit the beach. Produced by Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Program with a grant from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

📂 Teachers, download "Flippers and Feathers" and make copies for your entire class! (PDF)

Summer Camp Instructor Module

📂 Summer Camp Instructor Module (PDF)

 

Middle School Classroom Lessons

"Exploring Tampa Bay, A Teachers Guide to Florida's Largest Estuary"

Designed for students at the middle-school level, this guide assists teachers and parents in educating pupils about the bay's outstanding natural resources, and its most pressing problems. Contains six teaching units that feature handouts, fast facts about the bay and classroom activities utilizing science, social studies, writing, and mathematics skills. The guide will be sent on CD unless a hard copy is specifically requested, or you can download it off our website.

📂 Teachers, download "Exploring Tampa Bay: A Teachers Guide to Florida's Largest Estuary" for your class! (PDF)

"Invasive Species Teaching Guide"

The first teaching guide to marine invasive species in Florida is now available from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program.

Designed for middle-school students, "Intruders in Paradise" contains 12 classroom activities, website references, a master vocabulary list, 29 Fact Sheets about individual invasive plants and animals, and additional resources - all as downloadable web-based files. Activities are aligned with both FCAT learning benchmarks and Sunshine State curriculum standards for grades 6-8.

The "Intruders in Paradise" guide was developed by The Florida Aquarium with assistance and funding from the Tampa Bay Estuary Program, Florida Sea Grant and the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service.

📂 » Teachers, download the Invasive Species Teaching Guide and make copies for your entire class!

Gopher Tortoise Activity Book

Illustrated guide by Anna Maria Island teen Zander Srodes.Covers the biology and ecology of the gopher tortoise, a protected species in Florida. Chapters explore various aspects of tortoise ecology and conservation with associated learning activities, such as word scrambles and crossword puzzles.

📂 Teachers, download the Gopher Tortoise Activity Book for your class! (PDF)

Freshwater Turtle Activity Book

Illustrated guide by teen Montana Sewell, patterned after the gopher tortoise book. a student for students. Covers the biology and ecology of turtles that live in Floridas' lakes, rivers and ponds.Chapters explore various aspects of tortoise ecology and conservation with associated learning activities, such as word scrambles and crossword puzzles.

📂 Teachers, download the Freshwater Turtle Activity Book for your class! (PDF)

Salt Marsh Teacher's Guide

Intended for grades 6-8, this guide will help educators explore the inner workings of a wetland with their students. Guide presents a series of lesson plans with background information, classroom and field activities, vocabulary, supplementary web resources, and more. FCAT benchmarks provided.

📂 Teachers, download the Salt Marsh Teacher's Guide for your class! (PDF)

Diamondback Terrapins Educator's Guide

Comprehensive illustrated teaching guide exploring the biology and ecology of the imperiled diamondback terrapin, with integrated lessons and classroom activities in biology, geology, language arts and math.

📂 Teachers, download the Diamondback Terrapins Educator's Guide for your class! (PDF)

Diamondback Terrapins Board Game

Comprehensive illustrated teaching guide exploring the biology and ecology of the imperiled diamondback terrapin, with integrated lessons and classroom activities in biology, geology, language arts and math.

📂 Teachers, download the Diamondback Terrapins Board Game for your class! (PDF)

 

High School Classroom Lessons

"Tampa Bay: Living Legacy"

Immerse your students in the natural and cultural history of Tampa Bay with this complete curriculum designed to accompany the documentary film "Tampa Bay: Living Legacy" (**Note: Teachers will need to order the documentary film DVD from us by using our online contact form.

The "Tampa Bay: Living Legacy" film chronicles the transformation of Tampa Bay from one of the nation's most polluted waterways to one of its most heralded environmental success stories.

The downloadable teaching guide offers six complete lesson plans that complement key chapters in the bay's natural and human history, highlighting important natural resources such as birds and seagrass habitats, and drawing on the memories and perspectives of the local "Bay Champions" who fought to save this centerpiece of our region.

The curriculum is designed for grades 9-12.

📂 Introduction to Guide and Acknowledgements (PDF)


📂 Lesson Plan 1 Tampa Bay: Centerpiece of a Region (PDF)

with  📂 Watershed Map (Microsoft Power Point)


📂 Lesson Plan 2 A History of Change (PDF)

with  📂 Lesson Plan 2 Student Directions (Microsoft Power Point)


📂 Lesson Plan 3 Seagrasses: Underwater Food Factories (PDF)

with  📂 Lesson Plan 3 Seagrass (Microsoft Power Point)


📂 Lesson Plan 4 Threats to the Bay (PDF)

with  📂 Lesson Plan 4 Student Notes (Microsoft Power Point)


📂 Lesson Plan 5 Winged Treasures: Birds of the Bay (PDF)

with  📂  Lesson 5 Video Notes

with  📂 Lesson 5 Birds of the Bay (Microsoft Power Point)


📂 Lesson Plan 6 Preserving The Legacy: What You Can Do (PDF)

with  📂 Town Hall Roles Worksheet (PDF)

with  📂 Landscape Plant Datasheet (PDF)

with  📂 Landscape Grid Templates (PDF)


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