Forty classroom-ready science teaching and learning activities for elementary and middle school teachersGrounded in theory and best-practices research, this practical text provides elementary and middle school teachers with 40 place-based activities that will help them to make science learning relevant to their students. This text provides teachers with both a rationale and a set of strategies and activities for teaching science in a local context to help students engage with science learning and come to understand the importance of science in their everyday lives.
Activity 28: Survey of Local Plants
The plants one finds in a local neighborhood can be either native (original to one's area) or imported (brought from somewhere else). Most students have little idea of what plants are native to their region or imported from elsewhere. Often plants (like animals) that have been brought from other parts of the world can prove to be highly invasive and destructive to native species. For example, in South Florida, melaleuca trees were brought in the 19th century as ornamental plants and used to draw water from wetlands such as the Everglades. The trees have become pests, causing nearly $200 million in environmental losses each year, as they eliminate, on average, approximately 15 acres of local wetlands each ...