This activity engages students to better understand the impact of transmission by invasive species. Using dice, poker chips, and paper plates, an entire class mimics the spread of an invasive species within a geographic region. The activity can be modified and conducted at the K-16 levels.
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May B. 2013. A hands-on activity to introduce the effects of transmission by an invasive species. American Biology Teacher 75(5): 349-353.