Superior Resource for Invasive Species Teacher Sleuths

The next best thing to starting your own website with great resources to share is finding those made by others that do the same thing. One of those wonderful internet spots is Student Science: A Resource of the Society for Science & the Public. A quick search titled “Invasive Species” uncovered 34 articles on creatures such as a new invading shrimp-like crustacean called the European mysid shrimp, Argentine ants and lionfish, as well as a great article on asian carp (“Alien Carp Leap Onto the Scene” by Roberta Kwok on September 11, 2013). All the articles I read include something they call Power Words, which are useful vocabulary for teachers and students alike, as well as activities (here, a word search). WISE Teachers would be highly interested to read an interview of our very own OSU professor Dr. Sam Chan from the Eureka! Lab by Bethany Brookshire on October 29, 2013 in “Teachers: Can They Be Eco-Villains?” This article focuses on the role of live creatures in the classroom, the effect of releasing invaders on native species, and the responsibility that we all have in role-modeling ecologically sustainable behavior. Dr. Brookshire’s writing is readable and thought-provoking. Highly recommended!

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