Explorer Profile: Danielle Lee

Explorer Profile: Danielle Lee

After watching a video on Explorer Danielle Lee, students identify an organism in their school community, ask and answer questions about that organism’s role in the ecosystem, and communicate this information to an authentic audience.


5 - 12+


Biology, Ecology

Made Possible By
Lockheed Martin

Idea for Use in the Classroom

In any ecosystem, there are organisms (both plants and animals) that interact and serve important roles, even if they are often forgotten or considered a nuisance or a pest.

As a whole class, have students go outside and take a species inventory of organisms in and around their school community, focusing on potential pest species. Then have students work in groups to select one plant or animal pest organism to evaluate in depth.

In their groups, have students develop a list of questions they need to or want to know about their chosen organism (for example, the space it occupies, the places it is found, and how it interacts with both the natural and human world). Have students conduct research to answer questions about their organism.

Have students communicate information about the importance of these organisms to their communities through a poster, flyer, article, school news channel, or mock social media post. While sharing the information about the organism, students should also make a call for action that the community can take to protect the space it occupies, places it is found, and relationships the organism has with the natural and human world.

Media Credits

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Heather J. Johnson, Vanderbilt University
Jeanna Sullivan, National Geographic Society
Educator Reviewer
Alexandra M. Silva, Science Educator, Peter Gruber International Academy, Virgin Islands 9-12 International Baccalaureate MYP Science, DP Biology, and DP Environmental Systems & Societies MEd Instructional Leadership: Science Education; MS Ecology & Evolution
Program Specialist
Sarah Appleton, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

February 2, 2024

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