Science in the Scrub
Module 1 - At Home in the Florida Scrub
Students learn how Florida Scrub-Jays rely on family for survival in the Florida scrub, and how scientists use banding and long-term research to understand and protect this endangered species.
Module 2 - Florida Scrub Food Chain
Students learn about the components of food chains in the Florida scrub habitat. Students watch a slide presentation, then work in small groups using print-outs to model food chains and food webs.
Module 3 - Animal Skulls: Animal Features are Bone Deep
In this lesson, students learn about how scientists classify animals and how animal skulls reveal clues about how animals live. Students watch a video, then work in groups to complete a skull matching activity.
Discovering the Florida Scrub
Discovering the Florida Scrub is a for educators interested in taking their science lessons outdoors. The curriculum encourages students and teachers to get into the scrub and explore the habitat using hands-on inquiry-based activities. Although designed for grades 3-5, the activities and information include ideas suitable for older students. The organisms chosen for the activities are ones that can be found and worked with easily.
While learning about the relationship between Florida Scrub Jays and fire, students learn introductory experimental design and data analysis—with real data from Archbold Biological Station.
Combining Language Arts and Local Ecology
Archbold's The Scrub Blog, updated weekly, includes over 200 short articles (~500 words) written by Archbold staff. Topics include science, conservation, environmental education, history, and art.
While learning about the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades, student can also practice their Language Arts skills using worksheets, correlating to Florida's Language Arts standards.