As a class, students venture outside to search the local area for invasive species, photographing and taking location notes along the way. Back in the class, the group will identify and discuss the the plants/animals and how they might have been introduced to the area.
After completing the above classroom activity/demonstration, have students pick an invasive species to research and write and present about. Students must note thier sources and answer the following questions.
Where did the invasive species originally come from?
How did the invasive species come to this area?
What measures, if any, are being taken to control the species' population growth?
Common Core State Standards Connections
Standard 1 (Grades 6-8) Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
Standard 2 (Grades 6-8) Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Standard 7 (Grade 6) Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.
Standard 9 (Grades 6-8) Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Writing standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies
Standard 9 (Grades 6-12) Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis reflection, and research.