Pest Management Teacher Resources
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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. For this environmental science lesson, students assess the pros and cons of organic farming. They explain the benefits of composting and pest management.
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.
Learners explore the basic biology of a pest. They identify the four major kinds of insect mouthparts and explain how they work. Students examine the specific mouthparts and how they can limit food resources and in what environment an organism can survive. Learners explore how insect biology affects pest management techniques.
Fourth graders investigate invasive plants found in a park or school environment and acknowledge the problems caused by the plants. They describe 4 methods of control of invasive plants.
Students view a plastic cockroach, mouse, or picture of a pest and discuss if they belong inside the house or school. They discuss what a pest is and brainstorm what makes it a pest and ways to get rid of them. They then discover dangers of using pesticides and then learn about IPM.
Students construct time lines using historical facts about the development of agriculture. Students research specific dates and events and report their findings to the class. Students tape or glue the sections together sequentially in a strip. Students write important dates in the correct place on the time line. Students illustrate events and place them by the corresponding year.
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 research certain crops and how farmers protect them, while other students research certain insects and how they attack the crop. Each group then documents a ten season plan and then insect and farmers give an attack and response orally.
Learners 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.
Students construct a web of life. In this ecosystem lesson students are introduced to ecosystems and life cycles. Insects are the main focus.
Student determine how to manage pests using biological control. They examine how knowledge of the pest's food chain is helpful in managing pests. Finally, they identify the three groups of biological control agents. They listen, take notes, and complete answers to questions presented on a PowerPoint while deciding if each picture is a predator, parasite, or pathogen.
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.
Young scholars 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.