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Third Grade Manatee Curriculum—Lesson 16: Sharing What We Know about Manatees1

Maia McGuire and Ruth Francis-Floyd2

For other lessons in the Third Grade Manatee Curriculum series, click here.


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—LAFS.3.SL.2.4; LAFS.3.SL.2.5; LAFS.3.SL.2.6

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.



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. For more lessons in the Third Grade Manatee Curriculum series, go to Visit the EDIS website at


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.

The authors would like to thank the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for their financial support of this project.

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U.S. Department of Agriculture, UF/IFAS Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A & M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Nick T. Place, dean for UF/IFAS Extension.