The Florida Everglades
Florida Everglades Webquest
Introduction Task Resources Process Evaluation Conclusion
The Florida Everglades, located in southern Florida,
is one of the largest wetlands in the world.
The Everglades received the name “River of Grass”
because of the shallow sheet of fresh water that rolls
slowly over the lowlands and through billions of
blades of saw grass. As the water moves through the
sawgrass it causes it to ripple like green waves.
This wetland ecosystem has become a habitat for
many unique species of microorganisms, plants,
Many people worry that the destruction of the
Everglades may ultimately lead to the
extinction of many species.
Do you agree or disagree?
One of the main reasons that Jean Craighead George
has written her Eco-Mysteries is to help make young
people aware of endangered species and the habitats
that provide them protection.
We can also help to make sure that younger students
are aware by providing them with information on this
This will be the focus of our task.
1. Begin your task by gathering information from the
Resources section of the Power Point.
2. Make a T chart of the pros and cons of maintaining
environmental habitats like the Florida Everglades.
3. Take the role of a community member and make a
poster persuading others of your opinion.
4. Make an environmental ABC book for younger
children to educate them about the Florida
Everglades and its inhabitants.
Small changes in land elevation
are responsible for the varied
habitats with the Everglades
These habitats include:
pinelands: dominated by slash pines, this habitat has the richest
diversity in the Everglades. Pinelands
cypress swamps: wet areas that contain cypress trees,
which are the most flood-tolerant trees in Florida.
mangrove swamps: found where freshwater from the Everglades mixes with saltwater
from the ocean and are colonized by mangrove trees with adaptive roots.
Mangroves along a channel
open-water sloughs: main routes of moving water through the Everglades.
Menu The Process
Activity # 1
Working within your four person group, visit the
websites in the Resources section.
Use this information to make a T chart of the pros
and cons of maintaining environmental habitats such
as the Florida Everglades.
Have each person in your group take the role of a
community member (i.e.land developer,
conservationist) and make a poster (using Word) to
persuade others to your community member’s
Activity #2 The Process
Work together with the people in your group to make
a vocabulary list of many of the animals and plants
that make their home in the Florida Everglades.
Be sure to also include vocabulary related to the
Florida Everglades and the habitats that exist there.
Assemble all of your vocabulary into an ABC
informational book about the Florida Everglades and
the endangered animals that live there. Use Power
Point to present your information.
Here is an example for you to use for page number 1 of your
Everglades Alphabet Book.
An alligator is a reptile known for its crushing bite.
Alligators’ main prey are smaller animals. They can
kill and eat with a single bite.
You will be evaluated on this webquest by how
well you perform the assigned activities within
your small group. The major areas you will be
evaluated on are:
How much you contribute to the total group
and how responsibly you perform your duties
within the group.
Presentation of T chart and persuasive
Completion of ABC Book
Good Satisfactory Poor
Environmentalist Environmentalist Environmentalist
4 3 2
Contribution to Communicates Shares Shares some Keeps
group and shares all important information information to
information information with the group. self and does
with the group. with the group. not share with
Responsibility to Performs all Performs nearly Performs very Does not
the group duties. all duties. little in the way perform any
of duties. duties.
T Chart and T Chart is T Chart is T Chart is neat T chart and
Persuasive complete and accurate and and accurate, argument are
Argument includes pro detailed. but lacks inaccurate and
and cons. Argument is research poorly done.
Argument is factual. information.
well prepared Argument is
and researched. satisfactory.
ABC Book ABC Book is ABC Book ABC Book is ABC Book is
well prepared, provides complete and not complete or
attractive, and information on provides some lacking in
includes all environmental information. environmental
information. topics. topics.
Congratulations! After participating in this
WebQuest activity you should be better
acquainted with the Florida Everglades. You
should be able to discuss how the destruction
of this ecosystem would adversely effect many
of its inhabitants. You should also be
acquainted with many of the characteristics of
the Everglades (including habitats and
animals). Was there a subject for every letter
of the alphabet?
Below are some games and activities about the
Florida Everglades that you can play.
See you later, Alligator!