This lesson can be presented in class with the teacher acting as a guide or it can be a student-guided lesson assigned online. Teachers and/or students should download 2 things:
1. The Lesson Guide PowerPoint
2. The Student Response Sheet (PDF)
Teachers can also access the Teacher Guide and the Answer Key/Rubric.
All materials are available for free. Click here.
Many of us are disconnected from the beauty of swamps and the vital role they play in filtering water, fostering life, and buffering storms. Today, coastal development, pollution, and sea-level rise are threatening these invaluable landscapes. One of the biggest threats to swamps is a human disconnect from the environment and a lack of understanding of the role that swamps play in human survival. In a time of accelerated change and unpredictable weather, it has never been more important to look, listen, and learn from the swamps around us.
This is especially true for South Florida, home to the Everglades, one of largest swamps in the world. Up until 1900, all of South Florida was one big swamp. To make way for development, the city drained the swamp and diverted the natural water flow, changing its essential water filtering and supply system forever. A rapid expansion of urbanization and agricultural growth has led to a host of environmental problems, making the Everglades a skeleton of what it once was. We can’t turn back the clock, but we can learn to co-exist with our disappearing swamps and find ways to negotiate a fast-changing future.
Through passionate local guides, immersive landscapes, and an interactive Swamp Symphony, this documentary project leads users into the depths of Florida’s swamps and to the people who care about them. This website is a companion to our VR project.