The Wildlife Ambassador Project Major Objectives:

  • To help students become more aware of unique, threatened and endangered animals.
  • To help students learn how they can help preserve animal habitats and biodiversity.
  • To learn about geographic regions and habitat diversity.
  • To discover the relationships between people and wildlife which can contribute to successful coexistence.
  • To learn the reasons which contribute to animals being placed on the threatened or endangered lists.
  • To identify state/federal legislators for their districts.
  • To find out how citizens can communicate with legislators and become involved in the legislative process dealing with ecological issues.
  • To provide opportunities for online collaboration, research and publishing.

 

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Florida Sunshine State Standards

Benchmarks by Levels

Science PK-2

Social Studies PK-2

Science Grades 3-5

Social Studies Grades 3-5

Science Grades 6-8

Social Studies Grades 6-8

Language Arts PK-2

Language Arts Grades 3-5 and 6-8

By constructing lessons based on the project outline and utilizing the suggested lesson ideas, teachers can work towards meeting the benchmarks listed.

Science Grade PreK-2

F. Processes of Life

1. The student describes patterns of structure and function in living things.
  • SC.F.1.1.1 knows the basic needs of all living things.
  • SC.F.1.1.4 understands that structures of living things are adapted to their function in specific environments.
  • SC.F.1.1.5 compares and describes the structural characteristics of plants and animals.

2. The student understands the process and importance of genetic diversity

  • SC.F.2.1.1 knows that living things have offspring that resemble their parents.
  • SC.F.2.1.2 knows that there are many different kinds of living things that live in a variety of environments.

G. How Living Things Interact With Their Environment

1. The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment
  • SC.G.1.1.2 knows that plants and animals are dependent upon each other for survival.
  • SC.G.1.1.3 knows that there are many different plants and animals living in many different kinds of environments. (e.g. hot, cold, wet, dry, sunny, and dark.)

2. The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources.

  • SC.G.2.1.1 knows that if living things do not get food, water, shelter, and space, they will die.
  • SC.G.2.1.2 knows that the activities of humans affect plants and animals in many ways.
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Language Arts Grade PK-2

A. Reading

1.The student uses the reading process effectively
LA.A.1.1.1The student predicts what a passage is about based on its title and illustrations.

LA.A.1.1.2 The student identifies words and constructs meaning from text, illustrations, graphics, and charts using the strategies of phonics, word structure, and context clues.

LA.A.1.1.3 The student uses knowledge of appropriate grade-, age-, and developmental-level vocabulary in reading.

LA.A.1.1.4 The student increases comprehension by rereading, retelling, and discussion.

2. The student constructs meaning from a wide range of texts

LA.A.2.1.5 The student uses simple materials of the reference system to obtain information.

B. Writing

1. The student uses the writing process effectively
LA.B.1.1.1 The student makes a plan for writing that includes a central idea and related ideas.

LA.B.1.1.2 The student drafts and revises simple sentences and passages, stories, letters, and simple explanations.

LA.B.1.1.3 The student produces final simple documents that have been edited.

2. The student writes to communicate ideas and information effectively

LA.B.2.1.2 The student uses knowledge and experience to tell about experiences or to write for familiar occasions, audiences, and purposes.

LA.B.2.1.3 The student uses basic computer skills for writing.

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Science Grade 3-5

F. Processes of Life

1. The student describes patterns of structure and function in living things.
  • SC.F.1.2.2 knows how all animals depend on plants.
  • SC.F.1.2.3 knows that living things are different but share similar structures.

G. How Living Things Interact With Their Environment

1. The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment
  • SC.G.1.2.1 knows ways that plants, animals, and protists interact.
  • SC.G.1.2.2 knows that living things compete in a climatic region with other living things and that structural adaptations make them fit for an environment.
  • SC.G.1.2.5 knows that animals eat plants or other animals to acquire the energy they need for survival.
  • SC.G.1.2.7 knows that variations in light, water, temperature, and soil content are largely responsible for the existence of different kinds of organisms and population densities in an ecosystem.

2. The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources.

  • SC.G.2.2.1 knows that all living things must compete for Earth's limited resources, organisms best adapted to compete for the available resources will be successful and pass their adaptations (traits) to their offspring.
  • SC.G.2.2.2 knows that the size of a population is dependent upon the available resources within its community.
  • SC.G.2.2.3 understands that changes in the habitat of an organism may be beneficial or harmful.
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Social Studies Grade PreK-2

B. People, Places, and Environments [Geography]

1. The student understands the world in spatial terms.
  • SS.B.1.1.4 knows areas that can be classified as regions.
  • SS.B.1.1.2 uses simple maps, globes, and other three-dimensional models to identify and locate places.

2. The student understands the interactions of people and the physical environment.

  • SS.B.2.1.1 identifies some physical and human characteristics of places.

C. Government and the Citizen [Civics and Government]

1. The student understands the structure, functions, and purposes of government and how the principles and values of American democracy are reflected in American constitutional government.
  • SS.C.1.1.3 understands how and why rules are made and knows that a good rule or law solves a specific problem, is fair, and "does not go too far."
  • SS.C.1.1.4 recognizes major elected officials.

2. The student understands the role of the citizen in American democracy.

  • SS.C.2.1.2 knows that a responsibility is a duty to do something or not to do something.
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Social Studies Grade 3-5

B. People, Places, and Environments [Geography]

1. The student understands the world in spatial terms.
  • SS.B.1.2.1 uses maps, globes, charts, graphs, and other geographic tools including map keys and symbols to gather and interpret data and to draw conclusions about physical patterns.
  • SS.B.1.2.2 knows how regions are constructed according to physical criteria and human criteria.

C. Government and the Citizen [Civics and Government]

1. The student understands the structure, functions, and purposes of government and how the principles and values of American democracy are reflected in American constitutional government.
  • SS.C.1.2.1 identifies the structure and function of local, state, and federal governments under the framework of the Constitutions of Florida and the United States.
  • SS.C.1.2.2 understands the structure, functions, and primary responsibilities of executive, legislative, and judicial branches of governments and understands how all three branches of government promote the common good and protect individual rights.
  • SS.C.1.2.3 knows the names of his or her representatives at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., city council members, state representatives, and members of Congress) and the names of his or her representatives in the executive branches of government at the local, state, and national levels (e.g., mayor, governor, and president).
  • SS.C.1.2.4 knows possible consequences of the absence of government, rules, and laws.
  • SS.C.1.2.5 knows the basic purposes of government in the United States and knows the basic things governments do in one's school, community, state, and nation.

2. The student understands the role of the citizen in American democracy.

  • SS.C.2.2.1 understands the importance of participation through community service, civic improvement, and political activities.
  • SS.C.2.2.2 understands why personal responsibility (e.g., taking advantage of the opportunity to be educated) and civic responsibility (e.g., obeying the law and respecting the rights of others) are important.
  • SS.C.2.2.3 knows that a citizen is a legally recognized member of the United States who has certain rights and privileges and certain responsibilities (e.g., privileges such as the right to vote and hold public office and responsibilities such as respecting the law, voting, paying taxes, and serving on juries).
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Language Arts Grades 3-5

A. Reading

1.The student uses the reading processes effectively.
LA.A.1.2.1The student uses a table of contents, index, headings, captions, illustrations, and major words to anticipate or predict content and purpose of a reading selection.

LA.A.1.2.2 The student selects from a variety of simple strategies, including the use of phoinics, word structure, context clues, self-questioning, confirmining simple predictions, retelling, and using visual cues to identify words and construct meaning from various texts, illustrations, graphics, and charts.

LA.A.1.2.3 The student uses simple strategies to determine meaning and increase vocabulary for reading, including the use of prefixes, suffixes, root words, multiple meanings, antonyms, sysnonyms, and word relationships.

2. The student constructs meaning from a wide range of texts.

LA.A.2.2.1 The student reads text and determines the main idea or essential message, identifies relevant supporting details and facts, and arranges events in chronological order.

LA.A.2.2.5 The student reads and organizes information for a variety of purposes, including making a report, conducting interviews, taking a test, and performing an authentic task.

LA.A.2.2.8 The student selects and uses a variety of appropriate reference materials, including multiple representations of information such as maps, charts, and photos to gather information for research projects.

B. Writing

1.The student uses the writing processes effectively.
LA.B.1.2.1The student prepares for writing by recording thoughts, focusing on a central idea, grouping related ideas, and identifying the purpose for writing.

2. The student writes to communicate ideas and information effectively.

LA.B.2.2.1The student writes notes, comments, and observations that reflect comprehension of content and experiences from a variety of media.

LA.B.2.2.2The student organizes information using alphabetical and numerical systems.

LA.B.2.2.3The student writes for a variety of occasions, audiences, and purposes.

LA.B.2.2.4The student uses electronic technology including word-processing software and electronic encyclopedias to create, revise, retrieve, and verify information.

LA.B.2.2.6The student creates expository responses in which ideas and details follow an organizational pattern and are relevant to the purpose.

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Science Grades 6-8

 
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Social Studies Grades 6-8

B. People, Places, and Environments [Geography]

1. The student understands the world in spatial terms.
  • SS.B.1.3.1 uses various map forms (including thematic maps) and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report geographic information including patterns of land use, connections between places, and patterns and processes of migration and diffusion.
  • SS.B.1.3.2 uses mental maps to organize information about people, places, and environments.
  • SS.B.1.3.3 knows the social, political, and economic divisions on Earth,s surface.
  • SS.B.1.3.4 understands how factors such as culture and technology influence the perception of places and regions.
  • SS.B.1.3.5 knows ways in which the spatial organization of a society changes over time.
  • SS.B.1.3.6 understands ways in which regional systems are interconnected.

2. The student understands the interactions of people and the physical environment.

  • SS.B.2.3.1 understands the patterns and processes of migration and diffusion throughout the world.
  • SS.B.2.3.2 knows the human and physical characteristics of different places in the world and how these characteristics change over time.
  • SS.B.2.3.3 understands how cultures differ in their use of similar environments and resources.

C. Government and the Citizen [Civics and Government]

1. The student understands the structure, functions, and purposes of government and how the principles and values of American democracy are reflected in American constitutional government.
  • SS.C.1.3.1 knows the essential ideas of American constitutional government that are expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Federalist Papers, and other writings.
  • SS.C.1.3.2 understands major ideas about why government is necessary and the purposes government should serve.
  • SS.C.1.3.3 understands how the legislative, executive, and judicial branches share power and responsibilities (e.g., each branch has varying degrees of legislative, executive, and judicial powers and responsibilities).
  • SS.C.1.3.4 knows the major parts of the federal system including the national government, state governments, and other governmental units (e.g., District of Columbia, American tribal governments, and the Virgin Islands).
  • SS.C.1.3.5 knows the major responsibilities of his or her state and local governments and understands the organization of his or her state and local governments.
  • SS.C.1.3.6 understands the importance of the rule of law in establishing limits on both those who govern and the governed, protecting individual rights, and promoting the common good.

2. The student understands the role of the citizen in American democracy.

  • SS.C.2.3.1 understands the history of the rights, liberties, and obligations of citizenship in the United States.
  • SS.C.2.3.2 understands that citizenship is legally recognized full membership in a self-governing community that confers equal rights under the law; is not dependent on inherited, involuntary groupings; and confers certain rights and privileges (e.g., the right to vote, to hold public office, and to serve on juries).
  • SS.C.2.3.3 understands the argument that all rights have limits and knows the criteria commonly used in determining when and why limits should be placed on rights (e.g., whether a clear and present danger exists and whether national security is at risk).
  • SS.C.2.3.4 understands what constitutes personal, political, and economic rights and the major documentary sources of these rights.
  • SS.C.2.3.5 understands how he or she can contact his or her representatives and why it is important to do so and knows which level of government he or she should contact to express his or her opinions or to get help on a specific problem.
  • SS.C.2.3.6 understands the importance of participation in community service, civic improvement, and political activities.
  • SS.C.2.3.7 understands current issues involving rights that affect local, national, or international political, social, and economic systems.
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Language Arts Grades 6-8

A. Reading

1.The student uses the reading processes effectively.
LA.A.1.3.2 The student uses a variety of strategies to analyze words and text, draw conclusions, use context and word structure clues, and recognize organizational patterns.

LA.A.1.3.3The student demonstrates consistent and effective use of interpersonal and academic vocabularies in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.

LA.A.1.3.4The student uses strategies to clarify meaning, such as rereading, note taking, summarizing, outlining, and writing a grade level-appropriate report.

2. The student constructs meaning from a wide range of texts.

LA.B.2.3.2 The student organizes information using alphabetical, chronological, and numerical systems.

LA.A.2.3.6The student constructs meaning from a wide range of texts including card catalogs and computer catalogs, to gather information for research topics.

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February 1999 Carla Schutte
Technology Specialist, Moton