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Students investigate the different methods used in integrated pest management. In this biology lesson, students evaluate experiments and case studies on IPM. They discuss the pros and cons of using this method.
Tenth graders determine the effects of integrated pest management practices on society over time. They view segments of a TV animal show such as Crocodile Hunter and discuss strategies used by the TV hosts to present the subjects.
Students explore several concepts involved in organic farming and agriculture. In this environmental science lesson plan, students assess the pros and cons of organic farming. They explain the benefits of composting and pest management.
Fourth graders recognize that the term "pest" has a social connotation. They distinguish between good pest management practices and poor pest management practice and demonstrate knowledge of the IPM pyramid.
Students identify relevant agricultural practices, emerging technologies relevant to food production, the concept of integrated pest management, and the advantages and problems related to organic farming.
Students compare and contrast the role of the honeybee in nature. They find information by using a variety of resources that could include the internet. Students take part in a paper and pencil formal evaluation with questions that measure comprehension.
A presentation on the prevalence and dangers of common urban pesticides. Adult learners are coached on how to properly read a pesticide label, and what ingredients they should look for. There is also a section of slides covering the safety equipment that should be utilized when applying pesticides to lawns, flowers, shrubs, and vegetables. Finally, some slides on proper storage and disposal of pesticides are also provided.
Learners examine the effects of pests on other organisms, crops, and the environment. they construct an insect observation chamber and discover how some insects can be pests in some situations and beneficial in others. They write "pest poems."
Future landscape designers, ornamental horticulturists, or organic gardeners will appreciate this presentation on alternatives to pesticide use. Pass up several extraneous slides at the beginning and then find the harm caused by pesticides, different approaches to pest control, and acceptable organic pesticides. Viewers learn how choosing pest-resistant plants, handpicking, row covers, and predatory insects can control the unwelcome critters.
Students explore cranberry farming in Massachusetts and the rest of the nation. They research on challenges facing cranberry farming industry and then write reflection papers on optimum pest control methods from the perspective of a small farm owner.
Students explore the laws and regulations of pesticides. In this pesticides lesson, students research how laws are made and identify the agencies responsible for enforcing the laws. Students research the Internet for laws and bills concerning pesticides.
Students investigate the interdependence of agriculture and the environment. They research areas of interdependence and provide examples of situations where farmers are practicing conservation in the local area. Their findings are presented to the class.
Students examine the common characteristics of household and lawn pests. They discover the life cycles of the pests. They also learn different ways to control the pests.
Pupils identify and classify populations of pests in the home, school and community. They recognize the specific conditions needed for the survival of an organism considered a pest and list tactics for control measures.
Students examine the migratory cycle of Canada geese, and explore the reasons that some birds have stopped migrating and become residents of an area. They identify the ways which geese are considered pests and explore ways to control goose populations.
High schoolers explain how the capture, mark and recapture method is used to estimate pest, pest predator, or wildlife populations. They estimate the population of a pest species using the mark and recapture method.
Learners explore the world of termites, their adaptations, and anatomy. They examine the property risks of termites and how pest control professionals manage termite problems.
Young scholars describe migrations and life cycle pattersn of a key alfalfa pest, the Porato Leafhopper. They define the Economic Inquiry Level and Economic Threshold. Students evaluate data in relation to profit as it applies to IPM. They compare sampling results in Economic Threshold to determine management action.
Ninth graders apply ecological analysis to fruit and vegetable production systems.  In this horticulture lesson students learn about different management practices.
Students conduct a simulation to show the effect one invasive plant can have on an ecosystem. They consider how the food web is affected and plan ways to control management of pests on a fragile ecosystem.

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