Module 3: Why Manage Invasive Plants

Elementary Level


Module 3 begins with a 20 minute audio-visual presentation featuring cartoon narrator, Otto P. Stump-jumper—a plant management specialist. Building on lessons learned in Modules 1 and 2, this presentation covers concepts related to the Big Ideas of Interdependence, Practice of Science, and Science and Society, to name a few.


  • Identify the difference between non-native and invasive plants
  • Be able to discuss the necessity of plant management (Why do we need to “manage” invasive plants?)
  • Define “maintenance control” and “crisis management” and identify the difference between the two
  • Identify three main strategies needed for invasive plant management
  • Define “integrated plant management”
  • Identify four main methods used to control invasive plants.

Lesson Plans & Activities

Introductory Materials