BRING THE ADIRONDACKS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM


ADIRONDACK CHALLENGES

Invasive Species in the Adirondacks*
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Grade: 9th Grade
Class: Living Environment
Author: Jim Byrne
NYS Content Area Standard:
Math, Science & Technology:
Standard 4: Science
NYS Interdisciplinary Standard:
Adirondack Curriculum Content Area:
Natural HistoryEconomy
Performance Indicators:

Standard 4

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
The Challenge:
Investigative Question or Issue: What are the effects of invasive species on the ecosystems of the Adirondack region?
Context:

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.

The Challenge:

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:

  • Make sure the "form" of your presentation is appropriate. A good presentaion has a title, starts with an introduction to the presenters and the topic that will be addressed, and ends with some form of summary. Spelling and grammar should be correct throughout.
  • Make sure the content of your presentation answers each of the following Focus Questions:
    • How was your invasive species introduced into the Adirondacks?
    • Where did your invasive species come from orginally?
    • What is the habitat and niche of your invasive species?
    • What are the economic, societal and environmental effects of your invasive species on the Adirondacks.
    • What is currently being done to control the problems created by your invasive species?
    • Are there any effective ways to prevent the spread of your invasive species now and in the future?
  • Make sure your presentation includes appropriate citation of the references and sources of your information. You should have at least three different reliable sources
  • Make sure your presentation reflects the work of EVERY member of your team. Everyone should contribute to the final results.
  • Make sure every member of your team is prepared to answer any questions about the content of your presentation.

Resource: Adirondack Invasive Plant Program

Product of the 2008 ACP Biodiversity Workshop, funded by a grant from the New York Biodiversity Research Institute.

Quality Standards:

Multimedia Presentation:

  • The presentation involves more than one medium to communicate information (voice, text, pictures, graphics, music, live examples, etc)
  • The form of the presentation is appropriate (title, introduction of presenters & material, summary, correct spelling/grammar,etc)
  • The presentation is engaging (the presenters show live examples as well as pictures, use graphs and charts to illustrate data and stimulate interest, etc.)
  • The presentation is informative (all information is accurate, supported by citations, and relevant to the topic)
  • The content of the presentation addresses all the Focus Questions directly and thoroughly
  • All members of the author team contribute to the final results of the project
  • All members of the author team can answer questions regarding any aspect of the content of the presentation
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Standard/Criteria: Points Possible: Points Awarded:

Multimedia Presentation

  • The presentation involves more than one medium to communicate information (voice, text, pictures, graphics, music, live examples, etc).

10

  • The form of the presentation is appropriate (title, introduction of presenters & material, summary, correct spelling/grammar,etc)

10

  • The presentation is engaging (the presenters show live examples as well as pictures, use graphs and charts to illustrate data and stimulate interest, etc.)

10

  • The presentation is informative (all information is accurate, supported by citations, and relevant to the topic)

10

  • The content of the presentation addresses all the Focus Questions directly and thoroughly.

50

  • All members of the author team contribute to the final results of the project

5

  • All members of the author team can answer questions regarding any aspect of the content of the presentation.

5

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