Impacts of Invasive Species on Ecosystems: CER Assessment Task (NGSS MS-LS2-4)

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This activity set assesses student understand of NGSS MS-LS2-4, specifically focusing on how the introduction of an invasive species affects native populations in an area. Students explore the case of the cane toad in Australia by analyzing real scientific data, drawing conclusions, and then using those conclusions to construct an argument using the Claim-Evidence-Reasoning essay structure. This resource is part of a larger bundle - 5E Activity Pack: Changes In Ecosystems

This assessment is part of a unit designed to meet the following standards:

MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.

MS-LS2-2 Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems

MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.

What’s Included in the 5E Activity Pack?

✻ Science Skills Activity: Interpreting and Using Data

✻ Evaluate: CER Writing Assessment

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5E Activity Pack: Changes In Ecosystems

Situation Card Set: Changes In Ecosystems

Project Based Learning: Invasive Species Project

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Activity Pack: Where Have All The Tree Frogs Gone? Mystery

Activity Pack: Population Sampling Activity

WebQuest: Animal Adaptations

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NGSSMS-LS2-1
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem. Emphasis is on cause and effect relationships between resources and growth of individual organisms and the numbers of organisms in ecosystems during periods of abundant and scarce resources.
NGSSMS-LS2-4
Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations. Emphasis is on recognizing patterns in data and making warranted inferences about changes in populations, and on evaluating empirical evidence supporting arguments about changes to ecosystems.
NGSSMS-LS2-2
Construct an explanation that predicts patterns of interactions among organisms across multiple ecosystems. Emphasis is on predicting consistent patterns of interactions in different ecosystems in terms of the relationships among and between organisms and abiotic components of ecosystems. Examples of types of interactions could include competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial.

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