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IPM and Insect-Related Resources for Teachers


Texas A&M University hosts a Collaborative Web Site specifically for teachers: "Insects in the Classroom: Bugs as Teaching Tools for All Ages." This site features course materials, activities and lesson plans, arranged by age groups (3 to 18).

School IPM Educational Resources from The Pennsylvania State University, IPM in Schools Program. Pennsylvania is the first and only state to include IPM in the state academic standards. This website hosts a comprehensive list of teaching resources related to IPM. Many of these cover the agricultural aspects of IPM, not just the application to schools. The list includes publications, videos, software, activities, classes for teachers, a teacher's "help desk" and more.

Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs) from the University of Kentucky Entomology Department. This site is fun and educational for younger kids. It includes sections such as "mystery bug," "bug food," "insect stories," and links to teaching resources, including lesson plans for field and classroom experiments, an entomology newsletter for teachers, a detailed project from 4H on how to collect insects, and a teacher's guide to using insects in the classroom ("a teacher's guide to six-legged science").

Best of the Bugs This University of Florida site lists the top 5% of websites dedicated to insects, mites, and nematodes, as judged by a committee of professional entomologists and nematologists. Don't worry, these aren't stuffy research sites. Most of them have a very broad appeal and include topics such as insects in art, history and mythology.

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms From the University of Arizona Center for Insect Education/Outreach, this site includes 20 lesson plans for k through 2nd grade that utilize insects to teach all kinds of concepts to young learners: health and hygiene, human sexuality, self esteem, decision making, function of body parts, etc. Includes activity sheets and fact sheets on the various insects used. The same group at University of Arizona is currently developing a teaching resource for high school students that focuses on insects and plants in crop systems and is also cross-curricular.