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Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative

Florida Invasive Plant Education Initiative

Module 1: Silent Invaders

Overview

Module 1 begins with a humorous 25-minute audio-visual presentation (Silent Invaders) about basic classification concepts related to Florida plant life (aquatic vs. terrestrial plants; emersed, submersed, floating, and floating-leaved; native, non-native and invasive). Students become familiar with these terms along with impacts invasive plant species are having on our freshwater habitats, natural areas, and neighborhoods. Big Ideas include species migration, adaption/extinction, empirical evidence, environmental changes, and human impacts.

Objectives

  • Classify plants using a variety of criteria (aquatic vs terrestrial plants; emersed, floating, floating-leaved, submersed; native vs. non-native vs. invasive)
  • Learn techniques for recognizing and/or identifying plants
  • Understand the difference between native, non-native, and invasive plants
  • Identify environmental and economic impacts of invasive species
  • Identify positive actions we can take to help prevent invasive plant introductions in our own backyards and neighborhoods

Lesson Plans & Activities

Introductory Materials

 

  • Common Core Standards

    Science Big Ideas:

    • The Practice of Science
    • Earth Structures
    • Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
    • Interdependence

    Reading/Language Arts Strands/Standards:

    • Vocabulary Development
    • Reading Comprehension
    • Literary Analysis – Non-Fiction
    • Writing Process
    • Informative Writing
    • Communication – Listening and Speaking
    • Information Literacy – Research Process
    • Information Literacy – Technology

    Social Studies Strands:

    • Geography
    • Civics and Government

Select Level

Elementary School Level


Lessons & Activities

Reading Activities
Native, Non-Native, Invasive; Emersed, Floating-Leaved, Free-Floating, Submersed

Lab Activities

Resources

Middle School Level


Lessons & Activities

Reading Activities
Native, Non-Native, Invasive; Emersed, Floating-Leaved, Free-Floating, Submersed

Lab Activities

Resources

High School Level


 

Lessons & Activities

Reading Activities
Native, Non-Native, Invasive; Emersed, Floating-Leaved, Free-Floating, Submersed

Lab Activities

Resources


National Lesson Plan


National Video


View National Version on YouTube

Introductory Materials

Activity Booklet: Understanding Invasive Aquatic Plants – National Version (PDF)
Brought to you by the Aquatic Plant Management Society

For more lesson plans, activities, and resources about invasive species, please visit us at: plants.ifas.ufl.edu/education