As part of her Master’s Degree Nancy designed lesson plans associated with the Georgia Standards, National Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. These student focused lesson plans lets educators guide students through a series of activities and discussion to help solidify the concepts of insect biology as it relates to pest management.
High School Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is designed for high school biology.
Students examine arthropods in their natural habitats and are asked to make predictions about how the arthropod survives in its environment. Then they’re asked to think about the inside of the insect through a series of dissections, real and/or virtual.
Students learn about IPM through a historical and conservationalist lens and are asked to participate in case studies.
Middle School Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is designed for 7-8th graders.
Through activities and class discussion, students learn about different types of arthropods and examine their habitats through experimentation.
Students design and conduct their own experiments to determine habitat types for arthropods. They present their findings to their classmates.
After determining what arthropods need to thrive, students assess how they can improve their shared habitats with insects to deter pests and promote beneficials.
Elementary School Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is designed for 3-5th graders.
Through activities and class discussion, students learn about different types of arthropods; insects, arachnids, and myriapods.
Students learn which arthropods are pests and which are beneficials. There are many more beneficial arthopods than there are pests.
Students learn where artropods live though observation and experimentation. With this knowledge, and some research, students build and insect diorama.
Students learn how to alter our space to increate the beneficials and reduce pest species.
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