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This classroom resource is the third of a four-unit series designed to raise student awareness of the problems associated with non-native, invasive species The unit includes biodiversity surveys, creative expression, ethics discussions, a "grab box" activity and a dramatic presentation to illustrate how the biodiversity of local ecosystems has been affected by the arrival of invasive species. A primary focus is placed on how to prevent further introductions of non-native invasive species.
Students explore how the introduction of invasive species is tied to specific human actions of travel, trade, and transportation. They will also recognize that the seemingly unimportant decisions they make today may have far-reaching implications for the future.
Each lesson can serve as a stand alone activity or can be combined with other lessons to provide a comprehensive unit on preventing follows:
Bioblitz (2 X60 min.)
Students take to the outdoors to survey the number of living things they encounter in a local natural area. Younger students perform a one hour mini bioblitz while older students participate in a whole day taxonomic event involving the identification of families, genera, and species. After the surveys have been completed, invasives are identified and discussed.
Extension activities include conducting a biodiversity survey in two distinct areas and comparing the results, and designing a biodiversity scavenger hunt for younger students.
Means and Modes 2 X 60 min)
After selecting various items from a box students are asked to brainstorm how the item may be connected to the spread of invasive species. Questions to help promote discussion are included for each item.
Extension activities include researching unanswered questions which are generated in class discussions.
Sticky Situations (2 X 60 min)
In this activity groups of students read and discuss a real life dilemma involving native and invasive species that may have positive or negative effects on the environment. Groups present their positions to the class.
Students are asked to visit websites to learn more about taking care of public lands.
Homeland Security (4 X 60min)
Students perform skits that expose the threat of a global bio-invasion and the hidden costs of rapid global travel and free trade. The skits address three main entry strategies for invasive species- as passengers, cargo, and mail and students are made aware of the government agencies steps to protect borders. Students then design and present a creative invasive species awareness campaign.
Extension activities include inventing an invasive species detector, investigating current laws which protect biodiversity, visiting an international airport and mapping the routes of invasive species around the world.
In science classes these activities will help demonstrate how people knowingly and unknowingly assist invasive plants and animals by introducing them into different ecosystems. It is also relevant to geography classes that explore the link between human activity and the environmental and economic sustainability of local ecosystems.
The following tool will allow you to explore the relevant curriculum matches for this resource. To start, select a province listed below.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives||Satisfactory|
This resource emphasizes the importance of preventing the introduction and spread of invasive species. It emphasizes that people knowingly or unknowingly introduce non-native invasive species and these actions have negative impacts on ecosystems. Any benefits of non-native species are not discussed in detail.
|Consideration of Alternative Perspectives: |
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions||Good|
The devastating effects of invasive species on the local ecology and economy brought about by human travel, trade and tourism are made clear.
|Multiple Dimensions of Problems & Solutions: |
Effectively addresses the environmental, economic and social dimensions of the issue(s) being explored.
Although not examining all aspects of the issue the resource will provide opportunities to do so by promoting discussion and dialogue within groups of students.
|Respects Complexity: |
The complexity of the problems/issues being discussed is respected.
|Acting on Learning||Satisfactory|
Students design a creative invasive species awareness campaign.
|Acting on Learning: |
Learning moves from understanding issues to working towards positive change — in personal lifestyle, in school, in the community, or for the planet
The "Sticky Situation" dilemma cards offer opprtunities for students to not only discuss the possible solutions and consequences, but also to clarify their values and beliefs.
|Values Education: |
Students are explicitly provided with opportunities to identify, clarify and express their own beliefs/values.
|Empathy & Respect for Humans||Satisfactory|
|Empathy & Respect for Humans: Empathy and respect are fostered for diverse groups of humans (including different genders, ethnic groups, sexual preferences, etc.).|
|Personal Affinity with Earth||Very Good|
In addition to drawing attention to the threat invasives present to our planet, the biodiversity survey is an excellent out-of-doors experience.
|Personal Affinity with Earth: |
Encourages a personal affinity with -the natural world.
|Locally-Focused Learning||Very Good|
|Locally-Focused Learning: |
Includes learning experiences that take advantage of issues/elements within the local community.
|Past, Present & Future||Good|
Students are exposed to present day situations through various activities. Students may be motivated to to play a role in implementing solutions to prevent the spread of invasive species in the future.
|Past, Present & Future: Promotes an understanding of the past, a sense of the present, and a positive vision for the future.|
Students are encouraged to think for themselves and develop/express their own opinions. There are opportunities to link to their own experience and the activities encourage student interaction and participation.
Lessons are structured so that multiple/complex answers are possible; students are not steered toward one 'right' answer.
This is primarily a science resource but there are opportunities to address outcomes in language arts, art, social studies and geography.
|Integrated Learning: |
Learning brings together content and skills from more than one subject area
|Inquiry Learning: |
Learning is directed by questions, problems, or challenges that students work to address.
A variety of teaching methods are used to address both the cogntive and affective domains. There are no accommodations or modifications suggested for struggling learners.
|Differentiated Instruction: |
Activities address a range of student learning styles, abilities and readiness.
|Experiential Learning: |
Authentic learning experiences are provided
|Cooperative Learning: |
Group and cooperative learning strategies are a priority.
|Assessment & Evaluation||Poor/Not considered|
Assessment ideas are suggested, by it is up to the teacher to design their own assessment tools.
|Assessment & Evaluation: Tools are provided that help students and teachers to capture formative and summative information about students' learning and performance. These tools may include reflection questions, checklists, rubrics, etc.|
|Peer Teaching: |
Provides opportunities for students to actively present their knowledge and skills to peers and/or act as teachers and mentors.
The "Baggage Surprises" section of the last lesson describes brief scenarios which examine concepts in an authentic context.
|Case Studies: |
Relevant case studies are included. Case studies are thorough descriptions of real events from real situations that students use to explore concepts in an authentic context.
|Locus of Control||Satisfactory|
Students are given opportunities to respond and reflect on what they discover. The assessment suggestions are broad and allow students to go deeper into an issue of their choice.
|Locus of Control: Meaningful opportunities are provided for students to choose elements of program content, the medium in which they wish to work, and/or to go deeper into a chosen issue.|