Do insects prefer local or foreign foods?

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This lesson includes real-world data from an experiment completed by Michigan State undergraduate researchers to see if insects to eat prefer native species of plants, or non-native, invasive plants.

Do insects prefer local or foreign foods?

This lesson plan includes:

  • A grading rubric and teacher’s guide (upon request).
  • Statistics data worksheet (both a teacher and student version).
  • Data on DataClassroom.
  • A link to the research paper that was published using this data.

This resource is from DataNuggets, a fantastic series of lesson plans that are based on real-world research! Each Data Nugget comes with three student versions, based on the type of graphing skills required. Type A activities provide the graph for the students (allowing a focus on graph interpretation, making claims based on evidence, and explaining reasoning), Type B activities provide axis labels but require students to graph the data, and Type C provides an unlabeled grid on which to draw a graph.

While most DataNugget lesson plans are accessible for all ages, this project is notably more complex, and may only be suitable for high school level and older students.

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  1. LessonHiveAdmin

    Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Data Nuggets include a connection to the scientist behind the data and the true story of their research. Each activity gives students practice working with “messy data” and interpreting quantitative information. Students are guided through the entire process of science, including identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. We strongly recommend them!

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