Welcome to the Carl Hiaasen Literary Cafe!
In this online activity, you will visit 3 stations and follow the directions on the web page for each station. This will include using some of the databases you have recently learned about to search and read more about a topic related to the Hiaasen books, Hoot, Flush, Scat, Chomp, and Skink.
Read and follow carefully the directions in the box Directions for this Cafe Station on each web page.
Directions For This ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES Cafe Station:
Carl Hiaasen is the author of many adult and children’s novels set in the Florida Everglades. At this café station, you will learn about the environmental issues in the Everglades and what is being done to preserve the Everglades.
Work in pairs and follow these directions to search and find information about the environmental issues in the Everglades.
1. Scroll down and follow the directions in the Research Resources box to search the databases for information about the 3 main environmental issues in the Florida Everglades:
2. Answer the questions and complete the Postcard Activity on your handout.
Biodiversity also called biological diversity refers to the variety of life found in a particular region or area on Earth. A common measure of biodiversity is the number of species in an area and the genetic variety of each species.
Ecosystem - a community of animals interacting with their environment.
Research Resources: Researching With the Databases
1. Choose ONE of these specific environmental issues to learn more about and follow the directions to find a database article/video on that issue.
A. INVASIVE SPECIES:
Watch a video and read an article about invasive species in the Everglades from the DATABASE: GALE In Context - Middle School.
In the section on the right of the screen, click on Content Level button, select Level 3 and click Apply.
B. CHEMICALS/WATER POLLUTION:
Locate and read an article describing the water issues in the Everglades from the DATABASE: GALE in Context - Science
C. HABITAT LOSS:
Read an article about Habitat loss from the DATABASE: GALE In Context - Middle School