Kiribati AWARE resources

AWARE

AWAreness-Raising Education (AWARE), aims to build resilience to threats to environmental heritage through supporting invasive species education in the Pacific with co-operative partnerships. We work together with our partners to strengthen conservation through education to protect cultural, agricultural and biodiversity values in the Pacific.

This series of lesson plans and activities is created in support of the Year 6 Kiribati Science curriculum for the modules on invasive species and pests. The lessons focus on the impact of invasive animals and plants. There are 5 lessons in this series and they contain lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations and activities for the classroom. 

 

Lesson topics: Taro Beetle : Myna Birds : Cats and Dogs : RatsInvasive Plants  : Bonus Lesson: Invasive Ants

Learning outcomes

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

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 run the lessons

The theme centres on basic information for 5 different types of invasive / pest plants and animals according to the Kiribati Year 6 Science Curriculum. 

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.

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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 on Kiribati.

Lesson 1 Lesson Plan: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

Lesson 1 Annex 1 (Shape-It Discussion): Word document : PDF

Invasive Plants and Animals Lesson 2: Myna Birds

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about myna birds and their impact on Kiribati.

Lesson 2 Lesson Plan: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

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 on Kiribati.

Lesson 3 Lesson Plan: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

Invasive Plants and Animals Lesson 4: Rats

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about rats and their impact on Kiribati.

Lesson 4 Lesson Plan: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

Lesson 4 Annex 1 (Annex 1 - Integrated Pest Management - Cultural Factsheet): Word document : PDF

Lesson 4 Annex 2 (Annex 2 - Integrated Pest Management - Natural Factsheet): Word document : PDF

Lesson 4 Annex 3 (Annex 3 - Integrated Pest Management - Chemical Factsheet): Word document : PDF

Invasive Plants and Animals Lesson 5: Invasive Plants

In this lesson, students will be able to learn more about invasive plants and their impact on Kiribati.

Lesson 5 Lesson Plan: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

Lesson 5 Annex 1 (KWL Template): PDF

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'Bonus' Lesson: 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: Word document : PowerPoint presentation : PDF : PowerPoint PDF

Lesson Annex 1a (i-Kiribati ants and ladders game): PDF :  PowerPoint

Lesson Annex 1b (English ants and ladders game): PDF :  PowerPoint

Lesson Annex 2 (make your own dice): Word document : jpg image

Lesson Annex 3 (make your own counters): Word document : jpg image

Image credits

Feral cat image by Brocken Inaglory - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 
Sphagneticola trilobata image courtesy of wikicommons (Public domain)
Jungle myna image by J.M. Garg - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 
Feral dog image courtesy of wikicommons, CC BY-SA 3.0 
Adult Taro beetle Image courtesy of Mr Roy Masamdu. Used with permission of Grahame Jackson of ediblearoids.org
Rat Image by unnamed author, CC 4.0 BY-NC 

Information sources

Information sources are listed in each of the lesson plans.

Grateful thanks to Souad Boudljelas of Pacific Invasives Initiative for collating information on invasive plants, myna birds, taro beetle and cats and dogs.