In this activity, students will select an invasive species to research and then carry out an investigation, exploring how that species has disrupted the ability of your local ecosystem to meet the needs of native species.
Students will create a WANTED poster for their invasive species and then develop a plan to address the problem posed by the invasive species. Students can present their proposal in any way you choose – a written paper, a presentation, a picture/video documentary, a student-designed website, etc.
- teacher instruction sheet
- student instruction sheet for WANTED poster
- student instruction sheet for community action plan proposal
- rubric for community action plan proposal
- rubric for WANTED poster
- WANTED poster worksheet (to organize research)
Designed to meet NGSS standards:
Students will understand:
• that organisms and populations are dependent on their environmental interactions with other living and nonliving factors (NGSS LS2A)
• that disruptions to any part of the ecosystem can lead to shifts in all of its populations
Students will be able to:
• construct an argument supported by evidence that changes to components of an ecosystem affect populations in that ecosystem (NGSS MS-LS2-4)
• evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services (NGSS MS-LS2-5)
*To print the WANTED poster rubric four boxes per page, open the file using Adobe Acrobat Reader and choose the option "multiple pages" on the print screen. The last four pages of the document are the same rubric to enable this type of printing.*
This project, which I have used with my own students, was preceded by the following activities:
Situation Cards: Changes in Ecosystems (Abiotic & Biotic)
Field Notes Food Web:
Newsela Current Events: Lionfish Invade the Gulf
Ecology Mystery: Where Have All The Tree Frogs Gone?
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