The Invasive Plant Species Education Guideby: Kevin Mason, Krista James, Kitrina Carlson, and Jean D'Angelo

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To help high school students gain a solid understanding of invasive plant species, university faculty and students from the University of Wisconsin–Stout (UW–Stout) and a local high school teacher worked together to develop the Invasive Plant Species (IPS) Education Guide. The IPS Education Guide includes nine lessons that give students an opportunity to engage in inquiry-based learning. These lessons provide a foundational knowledge about forest ecology and allow students to explore plant species. The lessons conclude with a project-based activity, in which students contribute to their community by identifying, removing, and controlling local invasive species. This article provides short summaries of each of the nine lessons included in the IPS Education Guide.

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  • on Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:18 PM

The Invasive Plant Species Education Guide was designed for teachers to help their students understand the importance of biodiversity and reclaim areas where biodiversity is threatened. I plan to use this curriculum throughout the year in my biology class. I will modify the forest odyssey lesson since my school is in a tall grass prairie ecosystem. Other than that minor modification, I will use the curriculum in its entirety. I love the balance between field work and classwork.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Sat May 07, 2011 3:49 PM

This article summarizes nine lab activities designed to teach students about invasive species. The nine activities include readings by Aldo Leopold, cycling of atoms, photosynthesis, adaptation, identification, and gps use. The unit concludes with students creating and carrying out an action plan with members of the community who assist in removing invasives from critical local habitat. The lab activities are supported by an extensive web site.

Patricia McGinnis  (Pottstown, PA)
Patricia McGinnis (Pottstown, PA)

  • on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:56 AM

This article contains nine activities that help high school students gain a solid understanding of invasive plant species. Materials are easily accessible except for the GPS device. Students gain an understanding of forest ecology. They learn about botany and technology and develop observational skills as they look to identify and investigate native plant species and hopefully help to control them. Unfortunately the guide is not available at the website provided so the reader has only a description of the nine lessons.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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