Invasive Animal Species Nonfiction Texts and Activities

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6th - 8th, Homeschool
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This resource contains five non-fiction texts about animals that are considered invasive species. It was made for the MS-LS2-4 and 5 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics NGSS. It covers the following invasive species:

Burmese Python

Cane Toad

Emerald Ash Borer


Zebra Mussel

There are graphic organizers to fill in as the students are reading.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services. Examples of ecosystem services could include water purification, nutrient recycling, and prevention of soil erosion. Examples of design solution constraints could include scientific, economic, and social considerations.
By the end of grade 8, read and comprehend science/technical texts in the grades 6–8 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of science and technical texts.


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