Vine that Swallowed the South
A Science WebQuest
for Grades 6-8
and Patrick Clark
| Task | Process | Evaluation
| Conclusion | Credits
Oh, no! It's around my toe!
Oh, gee! It's over my knee!
Oh, my! It's up to my thigh!
Kudzu is an invasive plant that has been called
the vine that swallowed the south. Kudzu grows incredibly fast and
is hard to control. It is a serious threat throughout the south,
and no one is quite sure how to stop it.
That's why we need YOU!
Your mission is to research kudzu to answer
the following questions:
Look closely. Do you see the house in this picture?
It's being swallowed by kudzu!
Before it's too late!!!!!!!!
What methods of controlling kudzu have been developed?
What alternative uses of kudzu have been developed?
Which of these do you think is the best solution
to manage kudzu?
You and your partner will work together to
find out why kudzu is such a problem and what can be done to stop it.
You will visit different websites to gather information and complete your
Find information on the history of kudzu. Answer the questions who,
what, when, where, and why.
Research control methods and alternative uses for kudzu.
Decide which control method or alternative use for kudzu you and your partner
think is the most promising.
Summarize your findings and suggestion in 2-paragraph paper that you create
together using WordPerfect.
1 Chose a partner to
materials. You will need to take notes during your WebQuest.
3 Go to Kudzu
to learn the scientific name of kudzu.
4 Go to The
Amazing Story of Kudzu to learn about the history of kudzu. Answer
each of these questions:
Kudzu Control Methods
5 Go back to Kudzu
and to KANSAS
DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE to learn about control methods for
kudzu. Take notes on what you learn.
Kudzu Alternative Uses
6 Go to KUDZU
IN APPALACHIA. Scroll down to the section entitled "What to do
about kudzu." Find out about alternative uses for kudzu. Take
notes on what you learn.
When was kudzu first introduced the U.S.?
Where was kudzu first introduced?
Who promoted the use of kudzu and paid people to plant it?
Why was the use of kudzu promoted during the 1930's and 40's?
7 Go back to The
Amazing Story of Kudzu and read the section entitled "Uses for Kudzu:
It's here. It's free... Why not?" Take notes on what you learn.
8 Discuss with your partner
the control methods and alternative uses for kudzu you have learned about.
Chose the method that you both think is best.
9 Write a 2 paragraph
paper on kudzu. You and your partner will write this together.
10 Finish your WebQuest
by exploring other invasive species listed in the conclusion.
Paragraph 1 - Summarize the history of kudzu (who, what, when, where, &
Paragraph 2 - Summarize control methods and alternative uses. Give
your opinion on the best method or alternative use and defend your opinion.
You will receive two grades upon the completion
of this WebQuest.
Individual Grade - (20pts)
Group Grade - (30pts)
on task participation during class time (10pts)
your contributions to the written paper (10pts)
summary of material (10pts)
suggestions for control (10pts)
quality of writing (10pts)
Kudzu is just one invasive plant species.
You've seen how much damage it can cause and how difficult it is to control,
but plants aren't the only type of invasive species. Check out these
websites to learn about other invasive species.
Kudzu field from : Invaders
Kudzu leaf from: Kudzu
Kudzu cabin from: Kudzu
Kudzu truck from: Kudzu
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