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  Earth Science
  Life Science
  Physical Science

Hands-on Activity

The New Kid On The Block

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Summary
In this activity, students will learn how non-native species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. Students will use the web to explore various examples of invasive non-native plants and animals being introduced into an ecosystem. Some examples include Kudzu, Cane Toads, and Zebra Mussels. Students will also look at the impact invasive species have on humans as well as ecosystems.
Overview
Topic: Interdependence in Ecosystem and Ecosystem Dynamics
Real World Science Topics:
  • Exploring the impact of invasive species on ecosystems as well as on human health and economics.
  • Encouraging a responsible and sustainable relationship with the natural world around us.
Objective
After completing this activity, students will be able to explain how newly introduced species can damage the balance of an ecosystem. They will be able to identify how change in habitats caused by non-native invasive species can affect the native organisms living. Finally, they will be able to describe the importance of preventing and managing invasive species and ways to do this.

Activity Difficulty Rating: 1 Each hands-on science activity has been ranked based on difficulty of set up and how difficult they are to perform. The rating scale is from 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest and 5 being the most complicated.

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