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Third Grade Manatee Curriculum—Lesson 16: Sharing What We Know about Manatees

Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd

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Students will create podcasts/PSAs/posters to teach others about ways to protect manatees.


By the end of the activity, students will be able to organize and deliver a persuasive message about manatee biology and/or conservation.

Standards Addressed

Florida—ELA.3.C.1.3, ELA.3.C.5.1

Common Core—CCSS.ELA-Literacy.3.SL.4; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.3.SL.5; CCSS.ELA-Literacy.3.SL.6

You Will Need

  • Computers with Internet access
  • Digital video camera
  • Poster board or large sheets of paper
  • Markers
  • Optional: Props (stuffed manatee toy, boat toy, fishing line, etc.)


Ideally, students should have access to the Internet (for research) and access to digital video cameras and/or computers with microphones to complete this activity. If electronic access is not available, students can create traditional posters.

  • You may wish to have students work individually or in small groups. Explain that the students' goal is to use the information they have learned about manatees to create podcasts/PSAs/posters to teach others about ways to protect manatees. Podcasts/PSAs can be audio only, or can be video with audio.
  • Students who are planning to create podcasts or PSAs should write scripts and think about what they might need as props (for video podcasts). Students should think about what message they want to get across with their product.
  • Allow students at least two class periods to complete their projects. Allow students to share their recordings/posters with the rest of the class.

Publication #VM219

Date: 9/16/2021

Related Experts

McGuire, Maia

University of Florida

Francis-Floyd, Ruth

University of Florida

  • Critical Issue: Youth

About this Publication

This document is VM219, one of a series of the Veterinary Medicine—Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date July 2015. Revised October 2018 and September 2021. Visit the EDIS website at for the currently supported version of this publication.

About the Authors

Maia McGuire, Florida Sea Grant agent, UF/IFAS Extension St. Johns and Flagler Counties; and Ruth Francis-Floyd, professor and UF/IFAS Extension veterinarian, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Forest Resources and Conservation; UF/IFAS Extension, Gainesville, FL 32611.


  • Maia McGuire
  • Ruth Francis-Floyd