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Snakes in the Everglades Lesson Overview

This lesson introduces the concept of an invasive species, the Burmese python, and its impact on other animal populations in an ecosystem


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55 Minutes
2-3 students per group
PTI Inquiry
4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 7.2, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 5.2; 5.3 1 min video clips 2 Students watch clips and draw on prior knowledge of pythons. Discuss scientific methods and findings.
Explore 20 min 4.2; 4.3; 4.4; 5.4; 7.3 none 3 Students interpret graphs, draw conclusions, and differentiate between correlation and causation.
Explain 15 min 3.5; 5.2; 5.4; 5.5; 5.7; 6.2; 7.2 none 3 Students will discuss causation versus correlation.
Expand 10 min 6.1; 6.2 none 2 Students propose new data collection strategies and alternative experiments
Evaluate 5 min (ongoing) 5.6 none 1 Students’ worksheets will be collected for evaluation.

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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