Invasive Species Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is an invasive species? A video lesson lays out the facts while an in class activity allows students to investigate an organization dedicated to invasive species. Ideas for extra activities and related lesson are included for more in-depth study.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define invasive species
  • identify different types of invasive species
  • examine the work of a national committee formed to reduce invasive species


1 to 1.5 hours

Curriculum Standards


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 6-8 texts and topics.


Compare and contrast the information gained from experiments, simulations, video, or multimedia sources with that gained from reading a text on the same topic.


  • Begin by asking the class to tell you what an invasive species is, writing their ideas on the board.
  • Now play the video lesson What Is an Invasive Species? - Definition, List & Effects, pausing at 1:47.
  • Review the information presented by the students. Were the students right? What did the video lesson add to the students' information? Discuss as a class and fill in any blanks now.
  • Play the rest of the video lesson now, asking students to take notes on key points.

Discussion Questions

  • What can we do to reduce the presence of invasive species?
  • What are some local invasive species?

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