## Reflection: Real World Applications Controlling invasive species (Part 1/2) - Section 5: Putting It All Together: How Invasives Conquer an Area

In this teaching reflection, I explain how I help my students understand what an invasive species. We use two case studies, the Asian carp and Garlic mustard, to help them see how science is relevant to their everyday lives. By allowing my students to look at new examples with which they may be familiar, I keep them interested and hopefully allow them to become actively involved in the control of invasive species.  It is also my intention with this lesson to show them what actions to take to prevent invasive species from ever becoming a problem.

The National Invasive Species Information Center has data on all types of invasive species.  An educator could easily modify the garlic mustard portion to reflect a plant species that is problematic in their area by looking at the individual webpages for invasive plants.

Real World Applications: Applying Science to the Real World

# Controlling invasive species (Part 1/2)

Unit 6: Plants
Lesson 6 of 7

## Big Idea: Are you being invaded by invasive plants? Find out ways to measure and evaluate your land.

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invasive species, Science, stability and change, Ecosystem Dynamics, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Impacts of Human Activities, Developing Possible Solutions
49 minutes

### Ruth Hutson

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