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University of Connecticut


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

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  • Articles and Websites

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut, Coastal

Invasive Species on Connecticut's Coast

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  • In this article, students learn the difference between native, alien, and invasive species and read about some examples in Connecticut's coastal region.
  • The article discusses how climate change increases the potential for non-native species to become invasive.
Teaching Tips


  • The text provides clear definitions to distinguish between native, alien, and invasive species.
  • Students learn about some of the methods being used to control invasive species.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with ecosystems.
  • The link in the Grateloupia Turuturu section is broken.
  • Some students may benefit from having the terms brackish, ballast waters, and others defined before reading the article.


  • To learn more about how climate change is impacting invasive species, students can check out some of the articles from the Native Invasive Species Information Center, which is linked in the text.
  • Students can research an invasive species or a native species at risk due to an invasive species and present what they learn with the class. This article can be a starting point to understand the differences and see some examples.
  • Earth science classes can focus more on the connections with climate change, and life science classes can emphasize the connection to ecosystems and biodiversity.
  • English language arts classes can use this article to practice reading informational or scientific text.
  • Students can research and discuss the economic impacts of invasive species.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the University of Connecticut is an introduction to invasive species in Connecticut. The resource defines the topic's introductory terms before turning to examples of invasive species in Connecticut. All text is easy to understand, with colorful images of most species discussed. Several excellent external resources are linked, including one from the USDA National Invasive Species Information Center, featuring a wealth of articles showing how climate change facilitates invasive alien species. This resource is clear, concise, and is recommended for teaching.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Science
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
      • HS-LS2-7. Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
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