Invasives in the Classroom: A Practical Teacher's Guide for Intermediate Levels

Welcome to the Educator’s Library!

Teacher-GuideWelcome to this practical teacher’s guide (otherwise termed ‘Educators’ Library’) of resources. This guide offers a great selection of learning units, background information, videos, and activities to teach students about invasive species. The learning units are designed to compliment the Grade 4 Life Sciences Integrated Resource Plans for British Columbia.

Complete Guide - Invasives in the Classroom: A Practical Teacher's Guide for Intermediate Levels (full guide pdf - 4.4MB; or see extracted pages list below for specific Learning Units and Activities)

Invasives in the Classroom: Prescribed Learning Outcomes (pdf - 83kb)

All of the learning units follow a standard format and cover topics such as an introduction to invasive species, characteristics of plants (invasive or otherwise), what makes them so invasive, how they spread, and what we can do about them. Each learning unit has a materials list and links to relevant activities and resources.

The learning units use a variety of teaching techniques, including short and simple powerpoint presentations, lab activities, web-based activities, role play, and dress up as well as the ‘Know-Wonder-Learn’ tool. There is also a lesson that uses persuasive arguments as a tool for learning about what we can do to help stop the spread of invasive species.

The background information provided will make it easy to use these learning units. There are ecosystem descriptions for five generalized ecosystems in BC: Grasslands, Temperate Rain Forest, Montane Forest, Northern Forest, and Lakes, Rivers, and Wetlands. In addition, there are 37 invasive plant and seven invasive animal species profile sheets that include pictures. There are also 26 profiles for native plant species. Each profile contains detailed information on a specific species.

How to Use these Resources:

Here are a few suggestions to help put together a complete invasive species mini unit that will fit into the regular life sciences studies:

• Choose at least two Learning Units along with two or more of the recommended Activities for each. Start with Unit 1 – Introduction to Invasive Species, and select other units that would best compliment class studies.

• Select ecosystem descriptions that reflect ecosystems in the local area. Select species profile sheets from the species listed in the ecosystems you choose. 

Extracted Sheets from the Teacher's Guide:

1) Learning Units:

Unit 1 - Introduction to Invasive Plants (pdf - 377kb)
Unit 2 - Aboriginal Use of Native Plants and Impacts of Invasive Plants (pdf - 385kb)
Unit 3 - Identifying Invasive Plants (pdf - 381kb)
Unit 4 - Vectors of Spread (pdf - 389kb)
Unit 5 - What Makes a Species Invasive (pdf - 381kb)
Unit 6 - Ecosystem Webs (377kb)
Unit 7 - Where do Invasive Species come from? (pdf - 381kb)
Unit 8 - Local Invasive Plants (pdf - 381kb)
Unit 9 - What You Can Do to Help (pdf - 389kb) 

2) Activities for Learning Units:

Activity 1 - Powerpoint - What is an Invasive Plant (pdf - 184kb)
Activity 2 - Powerpoint - Invasive or Not (pdf - 184kb)
Activity 3 - Powerpoint - Identifying Invasive Plants (pdf - 193kb)
Activity 4 - Engagement - Know-Wonder-Learn (pdf - 127kb)
Activity 5 - Lab - Vectors of Spread (pdf 229kb)
Activity 6 - Oral Presentation - Aboriginal Use of Native Plants (pdf 6.6MB)
Activity 7 - Research - Poster Making (pdf - 115kb)
Activity 8 - Field Day - Scavenger Hunt (pdf - 139kb)
Activity 9 - Game - Invasive Plant Dress Up (pdf - 119kb)
Activity 10 - Invasive Plant Bingo (pdf - 197 kb)
Activity 11 - Engagement - Persuasive Arguments (pdf - 143kb)
Activity 12 - Field Day - Plant Press (pdf - 209kb)
Activity 13 - Ecosystem Webs (pdf - 135kb) 

Note: Please see the Resource Index for supporting materials for these instructions, such as powerpoint presentations, species sheets, and ecosystem descriptions).  

If you have difficulty downloading any files listed here or in the Resources Index, hard copies can be ordered through the ISCBC office.

For more information on the Educators’ Library or if you have questions, please contact the ISCBC at 1-888-WEEDSBC or email: As well as the Educator’s Library, the Invader Ranger Clubhouse offers engaging online games and quizes for students.

We hope you find the Teacher's Guide and Invader Ranger Clubhouse activities engaging and fun for your classroom!

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