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Invasive species

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Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Biodiversity Jenga Engage students with the concept of biodiversity with this hands-on modeling activity, inspired by Bill Nye. Students remove native species from an ecosystem, and add non-native or invasive species. They analyze the data collected through the activity to provide evidence for how these actions may ultimately compromise the health and stability of an ecosystem and show the importance of maintaining healthy, diverse ecosystems. Middle school (grades 6-8) vitalteach 0 2009-11-04
Learning activities Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Aquatic Ecosystem Research Project Students choose a body of water (preferably in Maine) to research. They focus their research on three questions: 1) What are important features of the body of water? 2) What is some data on invasive species or water quality from your ecosystem? 3) A question of student choice Middle school (grades 6-8) chotaling 0 2009-11-05
Learning activities Biodiversity, Ecosystem health, Invasive species The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh Go green! This is a great science fiction novel to use with 7th and 8th grade students to get them thinking about taking care of our planet and what might happen if we don't. Discussions of evolution, adaptations, biodiversity, characteristics and needs of living organisms and much more will be sparked but this thought provoking novel. (69 pages) Middle school (grades 6-8) slittlefield 0 2009-11-05
Analysis resources Invasive species Maine Invasive Aquatic Plants - known infestations March 2010 This Google Earth layer was created to pin point the water bodies in Maine with known infestations of an aquatic invasive plant species. The exact location of the plants within a given waterbody is not identified in this layer. This layer can be used for analysis of vectors, and offers a March 2010 snapshot for time series analysis of the spread of aquatic invasive species going forward. This layer is based on source data publicly provided by the Maine DEP Bureau of Land and Water Quality, originally provided in pdf format on the DEPs website.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
iSpyaSign 0 2010-03-15
Field work resources, Analysis resources Biodiversity, Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Putting Photos on Google Earth Here is a site to help put your photos onto Google Earth. Middle school (grades 6-8) Jamien Jacobs 0 2010-06-25
Analysis resources Current events, Ecosystem health, Ecosystems, Invasive species Hemlock Woolly Adelgid in Maine, 2010 This is a Google Earth map layer of the towns in Maine with official reports of invasive hemlock woolly adelgid. Data are from the Maine Forest Service (http://www.maine.gov/doc/mfs/HWAOverview.htm). Please note that the map markers are placed on the town name, and not on the exact location of the HWA infestations.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
Professional development
vitalteach 0 2010-08-11
Learning activities Constancy & change, Invasive species, Scientific inquiry Mystery Graph: Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) Use this activity to kick off a Vital Signs investigation focused on invasive Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica). Use your graphing skills to figure out and explain what happened during a 3-week study of Japanese knotweed growth. Japanese knotweed’s early, aggressive spring growth helps it out-compete native species for sunlight, space, and nutrients.
Middle school (grades 6-8)
High school (grades 9-12)
vitalteach 0 2010-08-16
Learning activities Invasive species Mystery Graph Adelgid Redone This is a revamp of the bar graph for the Adelgid. Line graphs are used to show change over time so the Mystery graph was converted to a line graph. For students who might be struggling in both math and reading, it is done as a matching activity. In addition, reference to the storyline, the table, and the graph, were included in this activity. Middle school (grades 6-8) mstafford 0 2010-10-01
Learning activities Invasive species Invasive passage, Main Idea/Supporting details This is a quick formative assessment that I'm doing with students that has two objectives: Introducing the concepts and vocabulary of invasive species, and getting a sense of how well they can pull the main idea and supporting details from a passage. Middle school (grades 6-8) brilea 0 2010-10-15
Field work resources Invasive species Field investigation After doing our field investigation, and while still in the field, we did a quick peer review to make sure that data was recorded (lengths, colors, specie characteristics, etc) prior to leaving. This way students didn't rely only on the pictures for their data. It also assured the group that they covered all the areas necessary. Middle school (grades 6-8) smoore 0 2010-11-04