Pulling for Biodiversity

This Pulling for Biodiversity unit also includes:

It might seem impossible that with more than 14 million species found on Earth, biodiversity is diminishing—but it's the truth. Young scientists explore how invasive species are so destructive to native biodiversity. They compare similarities and differences of species; role-play aquatic organisms; take on the role of crayfish and garlic mustard to experience invasive species first hand; and determine ways to rid an ecosystem of invasive species. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Model all games and activities for leaners
Classroom Considerations

  • Need an outdoor space to complete some activities
  • All activities should take two to three days to complete depending on the class
  • The fifth in a series of eight lesson plans
Pros

  • Provides step-by-step instructions for teachers
  • Includes extension activities
  • Contains background information, all reference materials, and transition suggestions
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS