BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM
|Invasive Species in the Adirondacks*
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|Grade: 9th Grade
Class: Living Environment
|NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
|NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
||Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
1.1f Every population is linked, directly or indirectly, with many others in an ecosystem. Disruptions in the numbers and types of species and environmental changes can upset ecosystem stability.
7.1c Human beings are part of the Earth’s ecosystems. Human activities can, deliberately or inadvertently, alter the equilibrium in ecosystems. Humans modify ecosystems as a result of population growth, consumption, and technology. Human destruction of habitats through direct harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening current global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems may be irreversibly affected.
7.2b When humans alter ecosystems either by adding or removing specific organisms, serious consequences may result. For example, planting large expanses of one crop reduces the biodiversity of the area
|Keywords: invasive species, multimedia|
|Investigative Question or Issue: What are the effects of invasive species on the ecosystems of the Adirondack region?|
Challenge originally created by Katie Nash & Jim Byrne.
The teacher may want to explain the concept of a scientific symposium to students as an introduction to the "setting" for this challenge. If the teacher wants students to integrate 21st Century technology into the challenge (interactive whiteboard, presentation software, podcast, etc.) (s)he will need to ensure that students have both the training and accessibility to use that technology.
*This challenge was designed by teachers in the Finger Lakes region and has been modified to contain Adirondack content. It may be customized for any particular geographic region.
Setting - You are a four or five member scientific research team expert in the field of plant biodiversity. You have been invited to a symposium to share your findings regarding the impact of invasive plant species on the natural and economic environment of the Adirondack region.
Your challenge is to create an engaging and highly informative multimedia presentation for your audience of educated adults. Your presentation should last no more than 5 minutes and should be formatted using whatever media (poster paper, interactive white board, powerpoint, etc) you have available that will make your presentation effective. Since Eurasian watermilfoil, Water chestnut, Purple loosestrife, & Japanese knotweed are the invasive species of greatest concern to those attending the symposium, your team will need to chose one of these species to be the focus of your presentation. Please make sure you are the only team presenting this topic at the symposium. As you design your presentation, please address each of the following concerns:
Resource: Adirondack Invasive Plant Program
Product of the 2008 ACP Biodiversity Workshop, funded by a grant from the New York Biodiversity Research Institute.
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