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Exotic Species Compendium to Protect the Ecosystem (ESCAPE) free sample lesson
Grade level: K-12Date: 2001 Program cost: $65.00
Subjects: science, language arts, social studies
Publisher: Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant College Program
Correlated to education standards? Yes
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Table of Contents

synopsis:
A compendium of well-organized, easy to use lesson plans created and field-tested by teachers participating in a series of interactive workshops linking national science standards to aquatic exotic/invasive species in the Great Lakes region.

review:
ESCAPE is a compendium of well-organized, easy to use lesson plans created and field-tested by teachers participating in a series of interactive workshops linking national science standards to aquatic invasive species in the Great Lakes region. Additional resource information and media options are provided, including zebra mussel shells, a video and a CD of songs, lyrics, and game components. Content pages are loose for easy copying, and organized in files by grade level (K-4, 5-8, 9-12) and then activity sheets. Other files contain multimedia, posters/games and appendix/glossary, and all are contained in a plastic accordion folder. Activities are well organized and easy to use, and while the amount of background provided varies by activity, the breath of concepts covered is good. Instructional methods include simulations/role play, experiments, research, monitoring, games/puzzles, art and journalism. A wide diversity of teaching approaches is used, including cooperative learning, peer teaching and simulations. Like Exotic Aquatics, the activities are linked to national (and occasionally state) science standards, and are interdisciplinary. Again, students discover the origin, transport, spread and ecological impacts of “alien” species, and how responsible actions may help prevent the spread of these organisms. Some activities represent variations on a theme, rather than opportunities to take a deeper or different look at an invader or issue. This may restrict the depth to which a concept is examined, except in the case of purple loosestrife. This invader lends itself easily to monitoring, propagation, experimentation and control, and therefore is covered in more depth than other species.

Curriculum $58.00, Game Set $10.00, Curriculum and Game Set $65.00

Issue 1: HabitatKey Characteristic 1: Accuracy
Issue 2: PollutionKey Characteristic 2: Depth
Issue 3: InvasivesKey Characteristic 3: Skills
Issue 4: EcosystemKey Characteristic 4: Action
Issue 5: BiodiversityKey Characteristic 5: Soundness
Issue 6: Build FisheriesKey Characteristic 6: Usability
Issue 7: Treaty Rights
Assessment of Coverage:
- none or N/A
limited
fair
moderately good
good
Issue 8: Manage Fisheries
Issue 9: Stewardship
Issue 10: Fishing
Issue 11: Careers -
 

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Disclaimer: The reviews of this and the other Great Lakes Fisheries education materials were conducted by a single independent reviewer. The views of this reviewer do not necessarily reflect the views of GLIN, the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Fishery Trust, or the University of Michigan.