|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||High School, Informal Education
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Strange intruders are invading our part of the world, threatening our environment and our economy. These newcomers and their impact on our ecological balance are the focus of Invasion Ecology, a new book that teaches students to investigate the behaviors of nonnative and native species. Studying real-life invaders such as purple loosestrife and Phragmites, students will learn about the links between biology and ecology -- and explore how scientists are fighting these aggressors with biological controls.
The Teacher's Edition explains how to guide highly sophisticated inquiry and conduct interactive research. Materials are classroom-ready and include detailed background information as well as sample assessment tasks and rubrics.
The companion Student Edition has three sections:
• Background on the science of ecology and its place in the control of invasive species
• Protocols for practicing methods that scientists use in monitoring invasive species, such as early detection surveys, plot sampling, transect surveys, and decomposition studies
• A series of helpful worksheets to guide students through their own interactive research
Invasion Ecology is the second volume in the four-part Environmental Inquiry curriculum series, designed to show students how to apply scientific knowledge to solving real-life problems.
|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Assessment of students, Classroom management, Curriculum, Educational research, Informal education, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Learning theory, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
• Environmental Inquiry
• Meeting the Standards
• Why Inquiry?
WHY ECOLOGY OF INVASIVE SPECIES?
• Authentic Science
• Engaging Students
INQUIRY AND ECOLOGY
• Levels of Inquiry
• Cooperation and Peer Review in Science
• Ecological Research
GUIDING STUDENT INQUIRY
• About the Student Edition
SECTION 1. UNDERSTANDING INVASION ECOLOGY
• Model Responses to Discussion Questions
-Chapter 1. Introduction
-Chapter 2. Population Ecology
-Chapter 3. Community Ecology
-Chapter 4. Ecosystem Ecology
SECTION 2. INVASION ECOLOGY PROTOCOLS—INTRODUCING RESEARCH
• Overview: Protocols and Forms
• Using the Protocols in Research
SECTION 3. BEYOND PROTOCOLS—CONDUCTING INTERACTIVE RESEARCH
• Steps in Conducting Interactive Research
• Example Interactive Research Projects
• Ideas for Interactive Research Projects
• Inquiry Teaching Tips
• Performance Assessment
• Example Assessment Rubrics for EI Student Research
-Assessment Criteria for Student Research
-Assessment Rubrics for Poster Presentations
-Assessment Rubrics for Written Reports
• Sample Test Questions
This Title Also Available as Part of a Set:
“…This is an excellent introduction to both invasive species and the processes of collaborative research.”
Green Teacher, Volume 75, Winter 2005
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