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Expository Writing, Infographics, Research


11th, 12th


English Language Arts


120 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - West, Hawai'i


Google Docs, Google Slides


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Invasives Infographic and Instagram

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Apr 12, 2024
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In this lesson students research, analyze, and evaluate the historical context and ecological impact of invasive species on nearby communities.

Step 1 - Inquire: Students discuss invasive species and choose an invasive they recognize.

Step 2 - Investigate: Students conduct research on invasive species' historical context and ecological impacts utilizing approved sources and take photographs of an invasive species around them.

Step 3 - Inspire: Students create an infographic and write an ”Instagram” post with a relevant, engaging caption summarizing what they have learned about their invasive species.
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Teaching Tips


  • This lesson aligns with Hawai‘i’s Nā Hopena A'o HĀ-BREATH Framework.

  • This lesson clearly identifies the connection between invasive species and the native environment.

  • Teacher creates the conditions for a strengthening of belonging, responsibility, and Hawai‘i to occur.

  • Students are given choice and empowered to make a change in their community.

  • Students connect with social media in positive and meaningful ways that inspire change.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Each student needs access to a device that can be used to photograph the invasive species. If this is not an option, accommodate the students' needs by allowing them to access an image online or draw the image.

  • Students should have a basic understanding of computer skills and Google Slides.

  • Students should be familiar with using Canva.com.


  • Teacher can assist students by offering think-pair-share activities for discussion questions.

  • Students can explore what actions have been taken to address specific invasive species.

  • Students can research the varying historical, social, and environmental effects of invasive species on their region.

  • Teachers can arrange for students to attend a field trip at Kipuka Olowalu for hands-on experience for kinesthetic learners.

  • Extension: Students can explore options for managing invasive species and research how Hawai‘i has tried to address invasive species.

Scientist Notes

The lesson teaches students about invasive species, their benefits and drawbacks to ecosystems, how to spot them, and how to come up with solutions to conserve native species in their locality. We fact-checked the sources used to create this lesson, and it passed our evaluation of the science.


Primary Standards

  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence, conveying a clear and distinct perspective, such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning, alternative or opposing perspectives are addressed, and the organization, development, substance, and style are appropriate to purpose, audience, and a range of formal and informal tasks.
    • Writing (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts, and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information.
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