Teacher Kits - For Loan

Lakeville Kit

"Lakeville – A Natural Resource Management Activity" is a multi-disciplinary unit about Florida ecosystems, natural resource management (i.e., invasive species), and civic responsibility. The activities are divided up into 3 sessions and can be presented in sequence for flow and reinforcement of subject matter or as stand-alone sessions. Each session is designed to encourage critical thinking while enhancing students’ environmental knowledge. Session 3 brings it all together in a fun game-show style activity that gives students a chance to use their persuasive debate skills and make management decisions about a local freshwater habitat. The goal is to prepare students for their role as future citizens and environmental stewards.

Every Lakeville Kit includes
  • A coil-bound Lakeville Unit Guide booklet ( 8.5" x 11") | See image
  • Lakeville DVD containing all supporting activity documents and materials (PDFs) including audio-visual and DIY Materials to create your own wheel of focus
  • 12 Citizen Role Cards (laminated cards, 8.5" x 11") | See image
  • 30 Critter Role Cards (laminated cards, 8.5" x 11") | See image
  • Scorecards (laminated cards, 6 sets of 10 cards, 8.5" x 11")with facial cues to assist with scoring | See image
  • Large format habitat poster (44" x 26" B/W, packaged in separate poster box) | See image
  • 30 types of Critter Magnets (2.75" x 4.75" 5 of each) packed in a neat storage container | See image
  • Activity Booklet: Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants, Florida Edition (Classroom set of 30) | See image

Lakeville Loaner Kits include an additional box of props /costumes for the Citizen Advisory Panel to facilitate students getting into character. Each prop box contains 1 cowboy hat, 1 camouflage hat, 3 baseball hats, 3 pairs of sunglasses, 1 yellow hard hat, 1 red hard hat, 1 chef hat, 1 straw hat and 1 bandana.

Lakeville Kits without the props/costumes are available for purchase as well; please contact caip-education@ufl.edu for more information.


Hydrilla Game Kit

The Hydrilla Game is an interactive lesson which provides a basic understanding of the life history of one of Florida's most invasive aquatic plant species, Hydrilla verticillata.

During the activity, students pretend to be a hydrilla plant or sprig as they visit eight different aquatic habitat stations (aquarium, creek, drainage ditch, hydrosoil, lake, retention pond, river or spring). While visiting each station, they select a printed scenario card that describes their existence in the current habitat, followed by clues on where they will move next in their journey (dumped into a pond from an aquarium, etc.) For each event in their journey, students are given a colored bead corresponding to the habitat visited. At the end of the activity, each student’s string of beads provides a visual history of the various environments and life cycles experienced as a hydrilla plant. Students keep their string of beads and use them for discussion with classmates and family.

Each kit contains
  • 1 teacher's instruction guide
  • 1 plastic hydrilla plant
  • 1 roll of hemp string | See image
  • 8 medium clips
  • 8 different colored station bags | See image
  • 8 containers containing 250-500 beads | See image
  • 8 station cards | See image
  • 64 colored scenario cards (8 per station) all of which corresponding to their colored station bag | See image

Freshwater Artificial Plant Kit

The Freshwater Artificial Plant Kit (see image) features 10 life-like plants representing native non-native and invasive plants found in the state of Florida. Each kit contains one of the following plants (listed by common name): fanwort, frog’s bit, hydrilla, hygrophila, red ludwigia, eel grass, limnophila, water hyacinth, water lettuce and water lily. An answer key is also provided with each kit which lists plants by common and scientific name, provides line drawing representations of each plant, and reports their status as native, non-native or invasive, along with product name/number (from manufacturer). There are several activities that go along with the kit, all available to download (see Gross Plant Anatomy Lab Activity).