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Pitcher Plant

Little River Canyon National Preserve

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Author: Judith Crider

Plant Voice: Todd McDonald


Little River Canyon National Preserve, US National Park Service

Valley Head High School

Dekalb County


This podcast tells about the green pitcher plant. It is an endangered carnivorous plant located sparsely throughout the United States. It includes pictures, an explanation of what it eats, its location, and what to do if you find one.

Length: 2:20

Content Areas: Science

Alabama Course of Study Alignments and/or Professional Development Standard Alignments:

SC (3)
7. Describe the life cycle of plants, including seed, seed germination, growth, and reproduction.
  • Describing the role of plants in a food chain
  • Identifying plant and animal cells
  • Describing how plants occupy space and use light, nutrients, water, and air
  • Classifying plants according to their features
  • Examples: evergreen or deciduous, flowering or nonflowering
  • Identifying helpful and harmful effects of plants
  • Examples:
    helpful—provide food, control erosion;
    harmful—cause allergic reactions, produce poisons
  • Identifying how bees pollinate flowers
  • Identifying photosynthesis as the method used by plants to produce food
    SC (3)
    10. Determine habitat conditions that support plant growth and survival.
    Examples: deserts support cacti, wetlands support ferns and mosses
    SC (3)
    13. Describe ways to sustain natural resources, including recycling, reusing, conserving, and protecting the environment.
  • Recognizing the impact of society on human health and environmental conditions
    SC (5)
    9. Describe the relationship of populations within a habitat to various communities and ecosystems.
  • Describing the relationship between food chains and food webs
  • Describing symbiotic relationships
    SC2015 (3)
    8. Engage in argument from evidence to justify that traits can be influenced by the environment (e.g., stunted growth in normally tall plants due to insufficient water, change in an arctic fox's fur color due to light and/or temperature, stunted growth of a normally large animal due to malnourishment).
    SC2015 (3)
    11. Construct an argument from evidence to explain the likelihood of an organism's ability to survive when compared to the resources in a certain habitat (e.g., freshwater organisms survive well, less well, or not at all in saltwater; desert organisms survive well, less well, or not at all in woodlands).
    a. Construct explanations that forming groups helps some organisms survive.
    b. Create models that illustrate how organisms and their habitats make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
    c. Categorize resources in various habitats as basic materials (e.g., sunlight, air, freshwater, soil), produced materials (e.g., food, fuel, shelter), or as nonmaterial (e.g., safety, instinct, nature-learned behaviors).

    National/Other Standards:

    • NS.5-8.3 LIFE SCIENCE


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