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Introduced Species Lesson Plan

Instructor: Joanne Abramson

Joanne has taught middle school and high school science for more than ten years and has a master's degree in education.

This lesson plan covers how and why new species are introduced into ecosystems. Through small-group and whole-class discussions, a short video and a hands-on activity, students will discover the positive and negative effects of introduced species.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define the term 'introduced species.'
  • Provide examples of positive and negative effects of introduced species.
  • Describe how an introduced species could affect an ecosystem.

Length

1 - 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3:

Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks; analyze the specific results based on explanations in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4:

Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 11-12 texts and topics.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1:

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Materials

  • Images of a common introduced species in your area
  • Plastic cups--4 per group
  • Set of chopsticks--1 per group
  • Rubber band--1 per group
  • Plastic fork--1 per group
  • Plastic spoon--1 per group
  • Large binder clip--4 per group
  • Red pom-poms--8 per group
  • Yellow pom-poms--8 per group
  • Blue pom-poms--10 per group
  • 1 timer

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