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Old 11-26-2008, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default Great Opening for educators to use when working with the concept of invasives

Invasive Species In A Nutshell

Lots of talk these days about invasive species and seems as if there are a lot of people trying to make sense of all the bad press some plants and animals are getting lately who are interested in learning more about them. The below is something I use when working with younger groups. Most of them have read 'The Lorax' but many aren't familiar with 'On Beyond Zebra' so I read it to them in its entirety before we move forward.

We all know and love Dr. Seuss. In addition to 'The Lorax', Dr. Seuss wrote another book I'd like to mention. Have you ever read 'On Beyond Zebra'? It's about "the rest of the alphabet". A very young child, Conrad Cornelius O'Donnel O'Dell, is very proud that he has learned the entire alphabet from A to Z. His friend, though, draws another letter and says-

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In the places I go there are things that I see
That I never could spell if I stopped with the Z.
I'm telling you this 'cause you're one of my friends.
My alphabet starts where your alphabet ends!"
He then proceeds to describe the alphabet on beyond Zebra.
One of his special letters is NUH.
"And NUH is the letter I use to spell Nutches
Who live in small caves, known as Nitches, for hutches.
These Nutches have troubles, the biggest of which is
The fact there are many more Nutches than Nitches.
Each Nutch in a Nitch knows that some other Nutch
Would like to move into his Nitch very much.
So each Nutch in a Nitch has to watch that small Nitch
Or Nutches who haven't got Nitches will snitch.

The invasive species problem we are all facing in a nutshell. Every native species is a Nutch. Non native and highly invasive species such as Albizia julibrissin (Tree of Heaven); Pueraria montana var. lobata (Kudzu), Passer domesticus (English House Sparrow), or Rattus norvegicus (Norway Rat); don't have a Nitch (niche) of their own here on North America. The only way they can get one is to snitch it.
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I absolutely love this!

I had never read this one. Great introduction to explain invasive species to the general public.

Thanks to havalotta for linking back to this.

May I share it with others?
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Of course you may.
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Thanks.

When the opportunity arises I will.
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Love this! I hadn't heard of this book...but now I'm going to look for it. Thanks, TheLorax for sharing it (even though it was a long time ago!). It is indeed a great way to explain invasives.
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