Lesson Plan

Exotic Escapes

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Grade Level:
Sixth Grade-Eighth Grade
Subject:
Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology
Duration:
30 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
computer lab
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science:
6th grade 2.1, 2.2
7th grade 2.1, 2.5
8th grade 2.1, 2.2

Overview

Using interactive field notes and action photos, prescribe the fix for a set of invasive plants.

Objective(s)

Using interactive field notes and action photos, prescribe the fix for a set of invasive plants.



Background

Some exotic plants and animals have become invasive throughout North America, including at Great Sand Dunes. These species of plants and animals are changing the composition of the living landscape. Fortunately, scientists, researchers, and volunteers have begun to help out the native biology. Explore Great Sand Dunes' web pages on plants and ecosystems.



Materials

Computer(s) with Internet acess



Procedure



Vocabulary

baseline, dichotomous key, dominant species, exotic, habitat, monoculture, nonnative, opportunist, parabolic dune, producer, species, waypoint