Students will read about the different types of air plants in Florida. They will explore the ecological relationships of organisms within the tree canopy.
Students will unscramble vocabulary words in a puzzle and write the definition for each term in their own words. They will use a code to reveal the hidden message about epiphytes.
Scrambled words: canopy, parasites, foliage, nutritional piracy, photosynthesis, epiphyte, microclimate, humidity, hammock, slough, diversity, pollinators, and phytotelms.
Hidden message: Epiphytes are non-parasitic air plants that benefit many organisms. They provide water, hiding places, feeding opportunities, and breeding sites for animals.