Activity Book: Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants

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Back by popular demand, the newly revised activity booklet, Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants–Florida Edition, provides a great introduction to three of the world’s worst invasive aquatic plants, which also happen to be causing problems in Florida: alligatorweed (Alternanthera philoxeroides), hydrilla (Hydrilla verticillata), and water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes).

The 12-page booklet begins with a brief lesson about native, non-native, and invasive plants and explains why we need to manage invasive species. Short narratives, accompanied by geography (mapping), math and language arts activities, clearly illustrate how invasive plants can impair aquatic and wetland ecosystems and inhibit human use of Florida waters. Students will gain a greater understanding of how important it is to monitor and control invasive aquatic plants, along with key points on how they can help. A glossary and answer key are provided, as well.

Correlated to Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards, the booklet can be used as a stand-alone activity or a supplement to curricula developed by the Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative. Classroom sets of 30 are available upon request along with Higher Thinking (FCAT-style) Questions and Writing Prompts.

The project is an adaptation of earlier print editions, produced by the national Aquatic Plant Management Society. This new Florida edition was made possible by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission/Invasive Plant Management Section and the UF-IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants.

Feel free to print and use the entire booklet or portions of it for educational purposes (NOTE: Some activities are slightly different than the online version).