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The Climate Initiative


5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Social Studies, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Geography

Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Videos, 4 minutes, 46 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Ebooks
  • Videos, 2 minutes, 34 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Assessments

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Maine

Invasive Species Learning Lab

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  • This interactive learning module provides several opportunities for students to learn about invasive plants and animals.
  • Students can explore a variety of linked resources, go through guided information with images and videos, and view maps and graphs.
  • A comprehensive teacher guide, including six lessons, can be used with the learning lab to create an entire unit for your class.
Teaching Tips


  • This learning lab has enough linked and included information to fill an entire unit on invasive species.  
  • Information is presented in a visually appealing manner, helping educators to quickly locate videos and lessons.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Teachers may wish to have an initial class discussion about the definitions of invasive species and native species.
  • Teachers and/or students need Internet access and devices to use this resource on their own.


  • Connections can be made in social studies classes when students study geography, especially for what kinds of plants and animals are found in different regions.
  • This learning lab can be utilized for a cross-curriculum unit on habitats and ecosystems.
  • There is enough information for a class of students to work on individual or small-group research projects and then present their findings to the class. 
  • As an extension, students are invited to submit personal climate change narratives to the organization.
  • Biology classes can use portions of this learning lab to support lessons about keystone species, predator-prey interactions, population dynamics, climate change, and habitat loss.
Scientist Notes
This resource from The Climate Initiative is an interactive web-based lab that gives students a broad understanding of invasive species. Five separate interactive panels educate and engage students, ranging from a simple classroom image, where clicking on objects leads to various resources, to an invasive species geography quiz. The linked iMapInvasives tool is a great way to help students think about the geographic distribution of invasive species and the time series figure from the San Francisco Estuary provides a good opportunity to familiarize students with figures and trend spotting. The resource is wide-ranging and exceptionally well-sourced. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1 Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • HS-LS4-3 Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
      • HS-LS4-5 Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
  • 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.
    • Writing: History, Science & Technical Subjects (6-12)
      • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.6-8.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, using search terms effectively; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.
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