Lesson Plan

Invasive Species Threat to the Great Lakes

This lesson allowed my students to explain the threat of invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem. I also allowed them to write a well-structured paragraph following PETER model.
Mohamed O.
Classroom teacher
Daharan Ahliyya Schools
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My Grades 7, 8, 9, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Social Studies
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Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Explain the threats of invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • Write a well-structured paragraph following PETER model.
Subjects
Social Studies
Grades 7
STEPS
1 Grade 7
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Student Notes

1 Grade 7

KQED
Free
IXL
Free to Try, Paid

 Warming up activity:

I asked my students to  answer the question of the day.

What do you know about the Great Lakes?

  • Students were instructed to write down at least three things they  know about the Great Lakes.
  • They share their  ideas with  partners and add one more  to their  list.
  • They share their  ideas with the whole class and some interesting ideas were recorded on the board. Students needed all the recorded information in their writing later.

This activity took about five minutes.

While Activity:

  • I asked  students to use KQED Education and watch a short video about invasive species threat to  the Great Lakes.
 

Asian Carp: Threat to Great Lakes | QUEST | KQED Science

 

KQED Education has well-selected videos  not only to the topic I worked on in this lesson, but also to all the different topics I have taught so far in class. Students also liked the accuracy and relevance of information in KQED Education.

  • While they were watching the video, students were asked  to write down as many ideas as possible.
  • When the video was over, I asked my students to share their ideas with peers and add more to their lists.

This activity took about 10 minutes.

After sharing,  students were instructed to:

  • Use IXL website and go through  two tasks to learn how to make a difference between a main idea and a detail.
  •  Answer to punctuation tasks in order to learn how to punctuate their paragraphs.
  • Share  answers with the class and provide clear explanation to the correct answers.

This activity took about  15 minutes.

This tool, IXL, gave a great opportunity to students  to reorder, classify, and use sentences according to the information they  hold. In addition, it gave them the opportunity to learn about punctuation techniques and how to use them.  

  • I asked students to write their paragraphs about the threat of invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem  following PETER model .  

This activity took about five minutes.

Exit Ticket:

  • Students used Edmodo to upload at least one solution how to control the threat of invasive species to the Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • Students had to use Edmodo to share their solutions easily, receive feedback, and evaluate their peers ideas  in a shorter period of time.

This activity took about five minutes.