Name _____________________________ Date ________ Time _______ marsh-an area of soft, wet land; a border between land and water subtropical-a region bordering the tropical zone Everglades National Park is located in the southern tip of Florida. It was the first national part dedicated to protect wildlife. It is the only everglades in the world. It is the only subtropical preserve in the North America. It is the largest marsh in the United States. Rare species of animals may be found there, such as the Florida panther or the West Indian manatee. It is a popular place for tourists to visit. The Everglades includes 5,000 square miles of land mangrove treea tropical tree with many roots and water. This is about the same size as Connecticut. Everglades National Park is the largest national park east of the Rocky Mountains. It contains thousands of islands, most of which are clumps of mangrove trees. ecosystem-a community of plants and animals that interact with their environment The average depth of the water is only about 6 inches. The overflow from Lake Okeechobee supplies the Everglades with fresh water. The Everglades become salty near the Gulf of Mexico. There are wet and dry cycles in the Everglades, which the plants and animals have adapted to. More than 400 species of birds have been identified within the park. It is the only place in the world where alligators and crocodiles exist together. The Everglades is also home to fifteen endangered species. One of these is the 1,000 lb West Indian manatee, or sea cow. They rest just below the water and get hit by speeding boats. Other threats to the wildlife include litter, pollution, and human development. The water supply is also being used by Florida’s growing populations and tourists, which is also affecting endangered wildlife and the ecosystem. Multiple Choice 1. What is a more precise location of the Everglades? a. North America b. United States c. Southern tip of Florida d. Massachusetts 2. The Everglades is a a. water park b. national park c. seafood restaurant d. amusement park 3. Which 2 animals can you see together ONLY in the Everglades? a. manatee and panther b. alligator and crocodile c. manatee and sea cow d. cats and dogs Complete each sentence. 1. The Everglades is mostly ___________ water, but becomes _________ near the Gulf of Mexico. 2. There are ________ and ________ cycles in the Everglades, which plants and animals have ________________ to. 3. The Everglades is about the same size as ___________________. 4. The water supply is being used by ___________, as well as plants and animals. True or False _______ The Everglades is not a popular place for tourists to visit. List 4 reasons why life in the Everglades is endangered. 1. 2. 3. 4. Name ____________________________ Date ________ Time_______ My group: _____________________________________________________ Research: Everglades A. List 4 text features you find in this book. 1. _____________________________ 2. _____________________________ 3. _____________________________ 4. _____________________________ B. What page can you find information about the Everglades’ habitats? (TTQA) C. Use index cards to name, define, and draw a picture for 2 habitats. D. This book’s genre is _______________________________. On page 15, there is another type of nonfiction. It is _____________________. On an index card, write 3-4 sentences about this page. E. On an index card, write 3 facts about the people of the Everglades. F. What natural resources have influenced arts and culture? Give examples of these on an index card, and give index card a title. G. On an index card, summarize the myth of the Everglades. H. List 4 things you will need if you plan to visit the Everglades. 1. 2. 3. 4. H. What argument is presented on page 25? _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ What side does your group take? Why? (can be both if no majority) _____________________________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ F. Choose 1 website from the back of book. On an index card, write 3 new facts about the Everglades.