Invasive Species - Ecology PowerPoint Lesson, Inquiry Project & Student Notes

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This 18 slide ecology lesson package includes an inquiry project with marking rubric and discusses Invasive Species. Specifically the lesson compares Invasive vs. Native Species, The Effect of an Invasive Species on an Ecosystem, Controlling Invasive Species and then takes a more indepth look at The Small Asian Mongoose as well as 5 Extreme Cases of Invasive Species. There are 4 videos embedded in the PowerPoint. Simply start the slideshow and click the image and they will open in your browser. The PowerPoint contains diagrams, examples and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint), an inquiry project with rubric and a student lesson handout as a word document which follows the PowerPoint.

Included in the lesson package is:

- The teacher version of the Power Point
- The student version of the Power Point
- An Inquiry Project on Invasive Species with marking rubric
- FOUR videos embedded into the Power Point
- Student lesson handout

In order, the lesson covers:
- Invasive vs. Native Species
- The Effect of an Invasive Species on an Ecosystem
- The Small Asian Mongoose Case Study
- Controlling Invasive Species
- 5 Extreme Invasive Species

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The student version of the power point contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.

**Please note that the ENTIRE UNIT including all PowerPoints, 2 Culminating Tasks and my Task Card Review Activity can be purchased for a steep discount by clicking here!

The individual Ecology Lessons can be found below:
Lesson 1 - The Spheres of the Earth
Lesson 2 - Ecosystems
Lesson 3 - Energy Flow In Ecosystems
Lesson 4 - Cycling of Matter In Ecosystems
Lesson 5 - Population Influences within Ecosystems
Lesson 6 - Ecological Succession
Lesson 7 - Biomass and Fossil Fuels
Lesson 8 - The Importance of Biodiversity
Lesson 9 - Invasive Species


You might also be interested in these assignments which can be found within the unit.
- Ecosystems Lab Experiment: Ecobottles Lab
Creative Story Assignment
- Water and Carbon Cycle Diagram Activity
- Human Impact on Ecosystems Assignment


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Total Pages
18 for each version
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 hour

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Invasive Species - Ecology PowerPoint Lesson, Inquiry Proj
Invasive Species - Ecology PowerPoint Lesson, Inquiry Proj
Invasive Species - Ecology PowerPoint Lesson, Inquiry Proj
Invasive Species - Ecology PowerPoint Lesson, Inquiry Proj