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65 reviewed resources for beneficial insects

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Forest Fires

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Young scholars discuss the benefits and problems associated with fire. They discuss the role that fire plays in maintaining healthy ecosystems. Students brainstorm ways that fire can be harmful, such as damaging homes, communities, and...
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Habitat for Bats

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students describe several reasons why bats are beneficial to the ecosystem and people. They define their habitat and needs of bats to survive. Includes many activities including bat house building plan, research guide and questions. the...
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Ladybugs Help Our Environment

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders study and investigate why ladybugs are beneficial to our environment by using resources such as the entomology lab, the microscope, and the Internet. In addition, 4th graders study the life cycle of ladybugs and...
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"The Good, The Bad, and The Smelly."

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore insects' use of pheromones and beneficial insects versus insect pests.
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Creepy Crawlies

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders study the world of insects. They join Greenpatch Kids, an organization of young people who are interested in nature and want to protect our environment. In addition, the students assess use of technology as a valuable...
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Inviting Butterflies to the Schoolyard

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students create a butterfly garden. In this butterfly garden instructional activity, students plot a garden with plant species that will attract butterflies. Students learn about the specific plants and items that will help butterflies...
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Who Am I?

For Teachers 4th
Fourth graders identify and classify insects while working with a live insect. They collect an insect to study.
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Monarch Migration

For Teachers 3rd
Third graders investigate the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly. They experiment with various tools to simulate the mouth parts of insects, conduct research, record their observations of butterflies hatching, write a play, complete...
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Be A Bug Scout

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Students perform outside activities to determine the amount of insects, flowers, or common weeds within an area. They predict the number of insects they will find within their square area. Using calculators, students organize the data...
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What's Bugging You?

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students 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...
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Natural Gardening

For Teachers 4th - 5th
Students study the effect of pesticides on plants and insects. In this gardening lesson, students discuss the importance of insects. They define pesticides, evaluate their effectiveness and the problems they might cause. Students...
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Pick - A - Pest

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars describe the anatomical and physiological attributes of insect pests and explain why the are known as pests. They investigate pest control methods and defend their position on specific control methods
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Energy Flow in the Garden

For Teachers 4th Standards
How can you tell what an owl has eaten? Study the food chain and flow of energy in an ecosystem by dissecting an owl pellet and noting the bones found inside. Additionally, the instructional activity includes a game about consumers and...
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Pumpkins... Not Just For Halloween

For Teachers 3rd - 5th Standards
Celebrate fall with four pumpkin themed hands-on activities! After learning about pumpkins, scholars complete two activity sheets that reinforce estimation and word problems. They then plant pumpkin seeds and bake a pie in a bag.   
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Wetland Safari!

For Teachers K - 2nd
Students identify how humans, fish, plants, birds, insects and other wildlife benefit from wetland environments. They observe a wetland and its inhabitants, draw a migration map that represents how birds use wetlands in traveling long...
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Crickets on the Hearth

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers investigate how crickets behave in cold temperatures. In this life science lesson, students explain the beneficial and harmful effect of pests. They research ways to properly manage them.
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Ladybug Release

For Teachers K Standards
As part of a study of garden friends and foes, primary graders release and observe ladybugs in the school garden.
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Make a Difference!

For Teachers 2nd - 4th
We are very dependent upon other life forms around us to survive. Here, scholars explore relationships in the ecosystem with the help of Auntie Litter and the pollution patrol. They imagine a world without grass, making connections to...
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Growing Garden Companions.

For Teachers K - 5th
Students understand that some plants grow better with other plants. In this companion planting instructional activity, students observe the "three sisters" growing system used by the Native Americans. Students understand that small...
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Bug Report

For Teachers 1st Standards
After generating a list of the creatures that live in a garden, primary graders select a creature, either a garden friend or foe, to observe and write about in their bug report.
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Arthropod Data Collection

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars describe the life cycle of various bugs as well as their predators and feeding habits. The class participates in a discussion of the various methods scientists use to gather data including research and experiment. After...
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Everyone Up!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine various agriculture careers, both direct and indirect, related to crop production and distribution. In this food production lesson, students role play the processing chain in which crops move from producer to processor...
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Rain Garden

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students build rain gardens. In this community service lesson, students study the effectiveness of rain gardens in allowing water to run off. Students build a community rain garden at their school.
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Indoor Seed Germination in Soil

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
Students explore plant life by participating in an outdoor planting activity. For this botany lesson, students utilize seeds, trays and soil to plant their own plants in the school yard which they observe over the course of several days....