Florida Ferns

Photo Gallery: Ferns

Resource: Photo Gallery: Ferns Resource: Guide to Florida Ferns


Students will research a particular type of fern (or group of ferns) found in Florida and create a powerpoint presentation/web site detailing the plant's lifespan, requirements, etc. Students will also discuss the pros and cons of this plant in the Florida ecosystem and its potential use (documented by scientific research) for cleaning air and soil. After completing this presentation, students will grow their own ferns from spores/starter plants and document the progress of growth.

Standards this activity addresses:

Grades 9-12 (1996 Standards)
Strand F - Processes of Life
1. The student describes patterns of structure and function in living things. (SC.F.1.4) BM 2, 5, 7
Strand G - How Living Things Interact With Their Environment
1. The student understands the competitive, interdependent, cyclic nature of living things in the environment. (SC.G.1.4) BM 1, 3
2. The student understands the consequences of using limited natural resources. (SC.G.2.4) BM 4
Strand H - The Nature of Science
1. The student uses the scientific processes and habits of mind to solve problems. (SC.H.1.4) BM 1, 2, 3, 4, 7
3. The student understands that science, technology and society are interwoven and interdependent. (SC.H.3.4) BM 1-6
Grades 9-12 (2008 Standards)
Body of Knowledge:
Nature of Science
Standard 1 - The Practice of Science SC.912.N.1.1 - N.1.7
Standard 4 - Science and Society SC.912.N.4.1, N.4.2
Life Science
Standard 14 - Organization and Development of Living Organisms SC.912.L.14.7, L.14.8, L.14.10
Reading/Language Arts
Strand: Information and Media Literacy
Standard 4: Technology LA.910.6.4.1, 6.4.2