Invasion ecology: Teacher's guide by Marianne E. Krasny, Environmental Inquiry Team

By Marianne E. Krasny, Environmental Inquiry Team

Unusual intruders are invading our a part of the realm, threatening the environment and our financial system. those beginners and their effect on our ecological stability are the focal point of Invasion Ecology, a brand new publication that teaches scholars to enquire the behaviors of nonnative and local species. learning real-life invaders akin to red loosestrife and Phragmites, scholars will find out about the hyperlinks among biology and ecology -- and discover how scientists are battling those aggressors with organic controls. The Teacher's version explains how one can advisor hugely subtle inquiry and behavior interactive study. fabrics are classroom-ready and comprise specified historical past details in addition to pattern evaluate projects and rubrics. The better half pupil version has 3 sections: • historical past at the technology of ecology and its position within the regulate of invasive species • Protocols for working towards equipment that scientists use in tracking invasive species, resembling early detection surveys, plot sampling, transect surveys, and decomposition reviews • a sequence of precious worksheets to lead scholars via their very own interactive examine Invasion Ecology is the second one quantity within the four-part Environmental Inquiry curriculum sequence, designed to teach scholars how you can observe clinical wisdom to fixing real-life difficulties.

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Describe some of the characteristics of plant species that allow them to become invasive. What characteristics would you expect an invasive animal species to have? Plants—  They grow rapidly and compete with other plants.  They produce large numbers of seeds at a young age.  Their seeds can survive a long time before sprouting.  Their seeds travel long distances.  They can spread by sprouting from the roots or stems.  They have few predators. S. 42 N AT I O N AL S C I E N CE T EA C H E R S A S S O C I AT I O N ASSESSMENT Animals—  They have few or no predators.

Measuring Decomposition Using a Titration INVASION E COLOG Y: TEACHER’S GUIDE 23 BEYOND PROTOCOL S SECTION 3 BEYOND PROTOCOL S— C O N D U C T I N G I N T E R AC T I V E R E S E A RC H S T E P S I N C O N D U C T I N G I N T E R AC T I V E R E S E A RC H Once they have mastered the content and protocols, students are ready to engage in interactive research projects. Students conducting interactive research will  Develop research questions  Plan and carry out investigations using protocols  Analyze, interpret, and report their results  Conduct peer review of each other’s work  Respond to peer reviews of their own work The EI student worksheets will help focus student attention on the important questions at each stage of the interactive research process.

Archiving the results will allow students to compare how the species invading their area have changed over time. Long-term monitoring of species present in the schoolyard If there is an area of your schoolyard that is not landscaped, students can do annual surveys to follow changes in species composition over the years. , land trusts) are attempting to control invasive species. Your students might embark on a community service project in cooperation with land managers to help control an invasive species.

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