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This program gives students a practical application of invasive species management focusing on purple loosestrife. Students assess the plant diversity in an infested wetland, raise and apply beetles in a marsh as a control agent, and monitor the results.
Through this practical, action-based program, students examine the interactions of a single invasive species, purple loosestrife, with its wetland habitat and beetles which can control its density. Students assess the plant diversity in an infested wetland, raise and apply beetles in a marsh as a control agent, and monitor the results. As the classroom companion to Biological Control of Purple Loosestrife, PLP 9-12 covers much of the same ground without an activity focus on the value of wetlands. The lesson titles are the same but the emphasis is more on formal experimental design, the scientific method, state standards, student expectations, and assessment. There is a bit more content and a bit less practical direction on raising and releasing the beetles. It references The Cooperators Handbook, and we recommend purchase of this handbook as a companion resource. Procedure descriptions are general and leave a lot of room for leader modification and specific questioning approaches. If you are in the classroom, there is value in getting the two programs and combining the best of both. As written, it is most appropriate for grades 9-12. There is also website support with potential for interaction and data sharing.
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