Purple loosestrife and biodiversity mini-investigation with existing data

Students will collect print outs of existing data from along a mock transect inside the school building. They will compare results, first in this small dataset organized in graphs created by hand and then in a large online database, to determine whether purple loosestrife has an impact on biodiversity in this mock investigation. Use this sequence as a stand-alone lesson in data analysis or as preparation for collecting data on purple loosestrife out in the field.

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Grade Level: 
Middle school (grades 6-8)