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Hungry Pests Invade Middle School

This section of the website gives you free access to a variety of curricula designed to make youth aware of invasive species and the damage they cause. There are many lessons and resources – for both classroom and outdoors – that engage students in the process of discovery.


A national standards-based Middle School curriculum that brings students on an exciting educational journey into the world of invasive species. Four lessons are designed for easy implementation in Middle School classrooms to deepen student knowledge of invasive species through close reading of relevant texts, team research projects, interactive mapping activities, and classroom reflection.

Curriculum

Middle School Standards Chart 

Youth in school clubs, after-school programs and youth organizations learn about invasive pests and take action through fun, interactive workshops that culminate in community awareness campaigns. Workshops are adaptable for different age groups, K-12.

Service Learning Curriculum 

The curriculum also includes supplementary informational text articles for career exploration. These articles expose kids to the exciting jobs and careers that take on the fight against Hungry Pests.

Grade Level K-5

Grade Level 6-8

Grade Level 9-12  

These three activities use field games, music, and arts and crafts to get kids excited about protecting their environment against the spread of invasive species.

Youth Activity 

These activities focusing on the emerald ash borer beetle (EAB) are designed for summer camps, scouts, and environmental education organizations working with youth ages 8 – 12.

Stop the Beetle: Now! Leader's Folio

EAB Activity Book

EAB Outdoor Activity

EAB Investigator Trivia Game  

In this humorous yet educational video, Vin Vasive complains about the mistreatment of pests like him as he teaches viewers how invasive species spread.

Vin-troduction Video English

Vin-troduction Video Spanish 

7 Ways to Leave Pests Behind

Go on a virtual stroll and learn more about the life cycle of the EAB.

EAB Nature Walk Video 

Cut out eye holes and attach a string to hold on the head of the mask wearer.

Vin Vasive Mask

You can play a role in protecting our nation’s crops, forests, parks and trees from hungry pests! Visit the Hungry Pests Youth Activities page for more games and activities as you learn more about invasive pests, and ways you can help stop their spread.   

Download the files below for the pests in your area and print them on card stock. A space for a die cut hole is indicated on each card; mix and match per your state's needs and attach them on key rings for easy viewing.

Asian Citrus Psyllid

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Citrus Greening

Emerald Ash Borer

European Grapevine Moth

False Codling Moth

Giant African Snail

Gypsy Moth

Imported Fire Ant

Khapra Beetle

Light Brown Apple Moth

Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Mexican Fruit Fly

Oriental Fruit Fly

Sudden Oak Death

7 Ways to Leave Pests Behind

A Letter from Vin

A Day in Your Life with Invasive Pests

Top 8 Ways I Spread

See How They Spread

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