Invasive species

Use your Senses!

Get your students thinking with their five senses so they are raring and ready to give good field notes.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Comic Life Invasive Species

Research Maine invasive species and let your students use their new learnings to create comics.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Ratatouille and Your Friend The Rat

Disney and the invasive species connection. Four-By-Rat activity. This is an adaptation of the quick write / quick draw activity.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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The Green Book by Jill Paton Walsh

Go green! This is a great science fiction novel to use with 7th and 8th grade students to get them thinking about taking care of our planet and what might happen if we don't. Discussions of evolution, adaptations, biodiversity, characteristics and needs of living organisms and much more will be sparked but this thought provoking novel. (69 pages)

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Aquatic Ecosystem Research Project

Students choose a body of water (preferably in Maine) to research. They focus their research on three questions:
1) What are important features of the body of water?
2) What is some data on invasive species or water quality from your ecosystem?
3) A question of student choice

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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There's a New Bird in Town

Students experience how an invasive species may out-compete native species for vital resources. This high stakes, high energy game simulates the introduction of non-native and invasive species using MnMs and various kitchen drawer items. Students experience firsthand what happens and what if feels like when native and invasive species compete for essential resources. This is also an excellent activity for introducing concepts such as habitats, limiting resources, physical adaptations, and competition among species.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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Biodiversity Jenga

Engage students with the concept of biodiversity with this hands-on modeling activity, inspired by Bill Nye. Students remove native species from an ecosystem, and add non-native or invasive species. They analyze the data collected through the activity to provide evidence for how these actions may ultimately compromise the health and stability of an ecosystem and show the importance of maintaining healthy, diverse ecosystems.

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Middle school (grades 6-8)
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