BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
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|Grade: 10th Grade
Class: Living Environment
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryGovernment & Civics
|Keywords: invasive species, mapping|
|Investigative Question or Issue: Do we have invasive plant species located on our school grounds? If so, can we do anything about it?|
This challenge assumes that there are in fact examples of invasive plant species on the property of the school and that school officials are willing to have them identified.
In teams of four created with the help of your teacher, conduct a survey of the plant species present within your assigned plot of school property. Determine which if any of these species are invasive.
Create an accurate and informative plant species "map" of your plot. The map of your plot of property will eventually be merged with the maps of all the other members of the class so we can construct an accurate overview of the plant life and invasive species located around our school. Make suire you and all your classmates design your maps with this final product in mind.
As your team creates the map of your section of property, be sure to meet the following guidelines:
Each indivdual on your team must maintain a personal journal of the work you do in the field. This journal should be an accurate account of all the work you do personally and as a team. It should include detailed notes and sketches regarding the plants you find.
At the conclusion of this project we will merge the individual team maps into a overall class map showing the location and prevalence of native or benign plant species vs. that of invasive species on school property. The class will then make recommendations to our Supervisor of Building & Grounds regarding the control or eradication of those invasive species we've found.
Product of the 2008 ACP Biodiversity Workshop, funded by a grant from the New York Biodiversity Research Institute.
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