Classroom visits for FAll 2017
The Maui Invasive Species Committee offers classroom visits based on the Hoike o Haleakala Curriculum. We will be highlighting the follow topics for the fall semester:
- Plagues: Past and Present
Length: 1 class period/ 3rd grade and up
In this lesson students will learn how invasive species can affect our health – from the plagues of the past to the pest of the present. Using GloGerm to “infect” students, the class will work through a diagnosis chart to determine the cause of their sickness, food poisoning or the rat lung worm parasite. We will go over facts about the disease AND steps for prevention. This lesson can be combined with a preparatory lesson teachers can do in class.
- Race to Release
Length: 1 class period/ Middle & High School
Help your students understand what scientists find the natural enemies we rely on to control widespread invasive pests as well as the insects workign behind the scenes to keep pests at bay (hint–this is not about the mongoose). Through an exciting game, students become the plant experts and race against their colleagues to identify the best biocontrol for the dreaded fireweed.
- What is Our Role?
Length: 1 class period/ High School
Students learn about major ecosystem modifications of the past: the removal of sandalwood from the forests, aerial seed spraying, and cattle ranching. They research current events and predict which could have long-lasting ecological consequences. Through making presentation posters, they draw conclusions about public and personal responsibility for the preservation of the natural resources of Hawai‘i.
- Little Fire Ant
Length: 2 class periods, plus homework collecting ants/ 3rd grade and up
In this lesson, students will collect real use data from their own back yards! We will come into your classroom to talk about little fire ants and guide the students on how to conduct their surveys. We will provide the material to begin the investigation and students will write up their results in a lab format appropriate for the grade level, samples will be reviewed by taxonomists to ensure little fire ants are not found. By request, we can analyze their samples with students, looking for ants that match the description of little fire ant. Microscopes can be utilized in this lesson.
Schedule a visit from MISC:
Call or email: 808-573-6472, firstname.lastname@example.org
Call today to set up a classroom visit: 573-6472 (MISC).
Teacher workshop: September 23rd and 30th
MISC will be hosting a teacher development workshop highlighting some of the brand new invasive species lessons from the Hoike o Haleakala Curriculum as well as a guided hike into The Nature Conservancy’s Waikamoi Preserve. The workshop is open to any teacher in Hawaii though space is only available for 24. The registration fee is $45 and covers meals and snacks. Register online today or call Lissa Strohecker, 573-6472. Registration deadline is September 15th.