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  • Videos, 13 minutes, 36 seconds, CC
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Global, North America, United States, USA - South, USA - Midwest, Kentucky, Ohio



Adaptation - Invasive Carp of Kentucky

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  • This informative video illustrates the predicament of invasive carp in the Mississippi and Ohio rivers, specifically in Kentucky, and the innovative solution created by Angie Yu, an entrepreneur. 
  • Students will learn that, although local citizens consider invasive Asian carp a dangerous nuisance, Ms. Yu has designed a solution that provides jobs while removing the carp from the regional rivers.
  • The resource includes activities for students to evaluate the influence of geography in this problem, define the solution, and connect the adaptation to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Teaching Tips


  • This resource showcases an innovative solution to a problem so students will comprehend the importance of thinking outside the box.
  • The video presents a variety of opinions about the same topic, as well as people respectfully interacting even though they disagree.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers and students will need internet access.
  • Teachers can easily share this resource in a Google Classroom.
  • Students should have some prior knowledge of the term invasive species."
  • There is a lesson plan available for this Adaptation Series.


  • English classes can have students view the video and then create an objective summary of the information and a subjective opinion of the message presented.
  • Social Studies teachers can use this resource to begin a class discussion about community and how different perspectives within a community can blend positively to adapt to change.
  • Economics classes could utilize this information as a basis for a lesson on how invasive species affect the economics of a region.
  • This video would fit with a lesson or unit about invasive species, why they increase with climate change, and their impact on native species.
Scientist Notes
In this video, viewers learn about an invasive carp species in the United States and how it impacts the wildlife and communities where they are. The video focuses on a carp processing plant in Kentucky and how they adapted to the invasive species presence. The information presented is accurate, and this resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-1 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the availability of natural resources, occurrence of natural hazards, and changes in climate have influenced human activity.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • MS-ETS1-1 Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
      • HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
      • HS-ETS1-3 Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.1.6-8 Construct maps to represent and explain the spatial patterns of cultural and environmental characteristics.
      • D2.Geo.8.6-8 Analyze how relationships between humans and environments extend or contract spatial patterns of settlement and movement.
      • D2.Geo.10.9-12 Evaluate how changes in the environmental and cultural characteristics of a place or region influence spatial patterns of trade and land use.
      • D2.Geo.9.9-12 Evaluate the influence of long-term climate variability on human migration and settlement patterns, resource use, and land uses at local-to-global scales.
  • Common Core English Language Arts Standards (CCSS.ELA)
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.8.2 Analyze the purpose of information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and evaluate the motives (e.g., social, commercial, political) behind its presentation.
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