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of the species in the film have been around a long time. Tortoises
and crocodilians are some of the oldest families of animals
living on the planet today; they were old even when the dinosaurs
your class explore and research the ancient biology
of Florida (or another state) and find out what animals lived there between
100 and 60 million years ago.
was the terrain like in this period (the cretaceous period)?
-How is it different today?
-Were there mammals in this period? Are any that lived then still living there
-What attributes might have helped the oldest species living today (such as
tortoises) survive when other species died out?
After research and discussion have students create a picture or model of Cretaceous
era Florida. In it include one of the contemporary animals that lived then.
students imagine themselves living in that period. Have them
write an account of a day in the life of a cretaceous era crocodile
or tortoise. The account should show knowledge of the animal's
real wild behavior and of some elements of cretaceous conditions.
an introduction to Florida's evolutionary history
Red Tail's and Their Cousins
Red tailed Hawks are splendidly adapted birds of prey that can be found throughout
most of North America. Have students research Red tail behavior in text
sources and/or on the web. Their final information should include but do
not need to be limited to:
- Range and habitat
- Size (male and female)
- Variety of prey species
- Territory and/or range size
- Activity times (nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular)
- Migratory habits
- Nesting season
- Clutch size
- Incubation period
- Fledging age
- Parental involvement in chick rearing
- Social habits
- -Conservation status
completed their Red-tailed Hawk research, students should pick
another bird of prey and complete a similar survey. When both
studies are finished have the students compare the two species.
The information can be presented in chart format, in a narrative
version, or in a combination of the two.
deeper knowledge of Red tailed Hawks, knowledge of a related
species, development of research skills
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