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Invasive Species in the News

Invasive Species in the News

Brief Description:
This lesson will bring the broader focus of invasive species to students. By examining the media attention that invasive species are receiving across the country the serious nature of the issue will become clear and alert students to issues beyond their locale that may affect them directly or indirectly.

Objectives: By the end of this unit the students will be able to:

  1. Identify an invasive species that is currently receiving media attention;
  2. Provide a synopsis of that species that includes a description, where it is a problem, how it was introduced, what damage it causes, why it is a concern, how can it be managed or stopped, who should help rid us of the problem and document the source of their information;
  3. Describe government attention that is given to invasive species; and
  4. Older students will identify cause and effect relationships in the problem of invasive species.