Invasive Species AWARE

This series of lesson plans and activities has been developed to support learning about invasive species and pests. The lessons focus on the impact of invasive animals and plants. The 6 X 45 minute long lessons in this series contain lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations and activities for the classroom. 

Through this series of lessons, students will learn about the common invasive plants and animals in the Pacific that can cause problems for people, agriculture and the natural environment.

The theme is centered around basic information for 6 different types of invasive / pest plants and animals, and the lesson content was based on the Kiribati curriculum for Year 6.

Lesson topics: Taro beetle : Myna birds : Cats and dogs : RatsInvasive plants  : Invasive ants

Learning outcomes

The students also learn where these invasive plants and animals came from and how they have traveled through the Pacific. Using this knowledge, the students will be encouraged to think of ways to identify ways to help prevent these invasive plants and animals from entering their country and effective management of those that are already present.

The activities involve scientific observation, communication and thinking skills.

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How to deliver the lessons

All lessons can be taught together as a module. Each lesson can also be used stand-alone lessons on invasive species.

There are 5 lessons with a thematic teacher’s guide. Each lesson is 45 minutes long and includes lesson plans, PowerPoint slides and activity annexes.

Please read the teacher's guide before teaching the lessons. 

You can download all the resources needed for these lessons in a compressed file. A pdf version of the resources is also available for use where electronic delivery is not available (no Powerpoint, computers, overhead projectors etc.).

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Invasive plants and animals Lesson 1: Taro beetles

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about taro beetles and their impact. At the end of the lesson, students will able to:

  • Learn the characteristics of the taro beetle.
  • Learn the origins of the taro beetle.
  • Understand the negative impacts of the taro beetle on agriculture and people.
  • Learn about ways to manage the taro beetle.

Lesson 1 : Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentation : Annex 1

Invasive plants and animals Lesson 2: Myna birds

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about myna birds and their impact. At the end of the lesson, students will able to:

  • Learn about mynas birds.
  • Where the myna birds came from and how they arrived in our country.
  • The problems they cause to our people, our agriculture and our natural environment.
  • The meaning of the word ‘Omnivore’.
  • Success stories of myna bird control.

Lesson 2 Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentation

Invasive plants and animals Lesson 3: Cats and dogs

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about cats and dogs and their impact. At the end of the lesson, students will able to:

  • Understand the term free-ranging.
  • Learn about the origins of cats and dogs.
  • Understand the negative impacts of these animals on public and people health and safely.
  • Learn about ways to manage free-ranging cats and dogs.

Lesson 3 Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentation

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Invasive plants and animals Lesson 4: Rats

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about rats and their impact on Kiribati. At the end of the lesson, students will able to:

  • Learn the characteristics of the rat.
  • Learn the origins of the rat.
  • Understand the negative impacts of the rat on agriculture and people.
  • Learn about ways to manage the rat

Lesson 4 Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentationAnnex 1 : Annex 2 : Annex 3

Invasive plants and animals Lesson 5: Invasive plants

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about invasive plants and their impact. At the end of the lesson, students will able to:

  • Learn what are invasive plants?
  • Learn about 4 common invasive plants.
  • Learn where the invasive plants came from and how they arrived in our country.
  • Understand the problems they cause to our people, our agriculture and our natural environment.

Lesson 5 Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentation : Annex 1

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Invasive plants and animals Lesson 6: Invasive ants

Through this lesson, students will able to: 

  • Identify an ant as a living thing.
  • Understand that not all ants are invasive.
  • List the positive and negative impacts of ants on our environment. 
  • Use the skills of self-management, responsible decision-making and problem-solving and exhibit the values of care, respect and social-awareness.

You can download all the resources needed for these lessons in a compressed file.

Lesson Plan: Lesson Plan : PowerPoint presentationAnnex 1a : Annex 1b : Annex 2 : Annex 3

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Image sources

Feral cat image by Brocken Inaglory - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2750156
Sphagneticola trilobata image courtesy of wikicommons (Public domain)
Feral dog image courtesy of wikicommons, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.orgwikiFileFeral_Dog
Rat Image by unnamed author, CC 4.0 BY-NC, http://pngimg.com/download/23557
Little fire ant image Alex Wild, https://www.alexanderwild.com

Information sources

Information sources are listed in each of the lesson plans.

We thank Souad Boudjelas of Pacific Invasives Initiative for collating information on invasive plants, myna birds, taro beetle and cats and dogs.