Unit Overview:

Ecosystems and Invasive Species Unit Plan

Complete unit plan, designed using the Understanding by Design (UbD) framework

22 - 25 days

Energy flows and matter cycles among organisms, and between organisms and their environment, creating dynamic interconnected systems. In this unit, students learn about the biotic and abiotic factors in a river ecosystem, using the Hudson River as a case study. They then investigate the impact of an invasive species (zebra mussels) on this ecosystem, using teaching case materials created by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History.