Resource Image Global Environmental Change: Introduced Species

by: NSTA Press and Environmental Protection Agency
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Type of Resource: NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable pdf version of this book)
Publication Title: None
Publication Date: 1/1/1998
Stock Number: PB138X04
ISBN: 978-0-87355-167-0
Grade Level: High School


Human activity has introduced species to ecosystems around the globe. Some species are benign or even beneficial; others, like zebra mussels, fire ants, and water hyacinths, are causing native species extinctions and damage to human systems. Can we balance human systems with natural processes? Seven activities—using pillbugs, the school grounds, species dispersal maps, and introductory genetics—provide students with the skills they need to address this important global question.

Introduced Species is one of four books in NSTA Press's Global Environmental Change series, a joint project of NSTA Press and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The other books in the series are Deforestation, Biodiversity, and Carrying Capacity.

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Environmental Science
Posted in Life Science by Dorothy Ginnett on Thu Jun 30, 2011 3:46 PM

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Additional Info

Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Food web
Population dynamics
Environmental change
Analyzing data
Asking questions
Collecting data
Interpreting data
Scientific habits of mind
Intended User Role:High-School Educator, Informal Educator, Learner, New Teacher, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
Educational Issues:Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Learning theory, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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This set includes four titles: Biodiversity, Deforestation, Carrying Capacity, and Introduced Species.
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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 19 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 19 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • Populations and ecosystems
      • A population consists of all individuals of a species that occur together at a given place and time. (5-8)
      • All populations living together and the physical factors with which they interact compose an ecosystem. (5-8)
      • All animals, including humans, are consumers, which obtain food by eating other organisms. (5-8)
      • Food webs identify the relationships among producers, consumers, and decomposers in an ecosystem. (5-8)
      • Lack of resources and other factors, such as predation and climate, limit the growth of populations in specific niches in the ecosystem. (5-8)
    • Interdependence of organisms
      • Organisms both cooperate and compete in ecosystems. (9-12)
      • Human destruction of habitats through direct harvesting, pollution, atmospheric changes, and other factors is threatening current global stability, and if not addressed, ecosystems will be irreversibly affected. (9-12)
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Ask a question about objects, organisms, and events in the environment. (K-4)
      • Use data to construct a reasonable explanation.
      • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
      • Develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
      • Think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
      • Communicate and defend a scientific argument. (9-12)
  • Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
    • Changes in environments
      • Changes in environments can be natural or influenced by humans. Some changes are good, some are bad, and some are neither good nor bad.
      • Students should understand the different consequences of changing environments in small increments over long periods as compared with changing environments in large increments over short periods.
    • Populations, resources, and environments
      • Causes of environmental degradation and resource depletion vary from region to region and from country to country. (5-8)
  • Process Standards for Professional Development
    • Design
      • Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers of science guide and facilitate learning. In doing this, teachers
      • Encourage and model the skills of scientific inquiry, as well as the curiosity, openness to new ideas and data, and skepticism that characterize science.
      • Orchestrate discourse among students about scientific ideas.

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