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The Great Wall of South Carolina

Focus Question

What regions of South Carolina would a river otter inhabit?

Activity Synopsis

Students will research the different regions of South Carolina for information on characteristics such as topography, average temperature and average rainfall. Using construction paper and other art materials, students will create a cross section of South Carolina on a wall in the school that displays this information. Students will be told the habitat requirements of a river otter, and decide which regions of South Carolina a river otter would inhabit.

Time Frame

Several Class Periods over the course of a month

Student Key Terms

average annual rainfall

average temperature

elevation

habitat needs

region

topography

abiotic

biotic

community

Objectives

The learner will be able to:

create a diagram that displays characteristics of the different environmental regions in South Carolina.

given the environmental needs of an organism, determine the environmental regions they could inhabit in South Carolina.

Fourth Grade Standards Addressed

Science Standards

IA4a; IIA1a,c; IIIB2b

Background

Key Points

Key Points will give you the main information you should know to teach the activity.

From COASTeam Aquatic Workshops: Mountains (Grade 4); a joint effort between the

COASTeam Program at the College of Charleston and the South Carolina Aquarium – funded by the SC Sea Grant Consortium.

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