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Purple Loosestrife Project K12 Educational Materials

Activities for Young Adults
(Grades 6-12)

Activities: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Download and copy as you like. Please credit PLP@MSU

Teachers can use the Purple Loosestrife Project materials in a variety ways. Some will spend a only few hours per year on purple loosestrife, some will spend a few hours per season, and some will spend a few days per season; depending on their interests. Most of the activities stand on their own. The activities for young adults can be used sequentially, but they don't have to be. They can complement broader studies of biology, geography, wetland ecology, biodiversity and exotic species, or they can be used as a primary unit. All Purple Loosestrife Project educational activities are hands-on, because we know our students learn stewardship best this way. We have another motivation, too. There is a lot of loosestrife out there to deal with and we want to enlist student help in controlling its spread.

Teachers and others who will be rearing beetles on the windowsill should look at the Windowsill Rearing Experiment Timeline.

The Purple Loosestrife Educational Activities for Young Adults (Grades 6-12) were drafted by: The Secondary School Writing Team, lead by Mike Klepinger, consists of Jason Potter, Haslett High School Science Teacher, David Chapman, Okemos High School Science Teacher, Ann Hesselsweet, Muskegon Public Schools Community Educator.

Upper Elementary Unit PLP Summaries

Section I - Mission: Life On Earth

  • Lesson One: BiomesLesson Two: EcosystemsLesson Three: Community Relationships
  • Lesson Four: Food Chains

Section II - Invasion of Purple Loosestrife

  • Lesson One: Invasion DiscoveredLesson Two: Press ConferenceLesson Three: A Trip Across the OceanLesson Four: CyclesLesson Five: Life Cycles
  • Lesson Six: Protecting Wetlands

Section III - Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife

  • Lesson One: Controlling Purple LoosestrifeLesson Two: Biological ControlLesson Three: Life Cycle of Leaf BeetlesLesson Four: Beetles and Loosestrife TogetherLesson Five: Selecting Natural Enemies
  • Lesson Six: Biocontrol of Purple Loosestrife

The Primary School Writing Team, lead by Chip Francke, consists of Joyce Parker of MSU, Merle Heidemann of MSU, Michelle Corlew, Waubonsie Valley High (Aurora, IL) Teacher. This team's upper elementary unit is only summarized here. Click on the links above for summaries.

All of our activities and lessons are part of the PLP Cooperator's Handbook.

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