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IPM for Teachers Curriculum

Activities

Skills: Ordering, inferring, predicting, critical thinking

Skills: Critical thinking, integration, discussion, presentation, math

The field of Integrated Pest Management development. (Outline from M. Frazier; IPM in the Classroom 1997)

Insects

Section 1 - Understanding the Organism Insect and Arthropod Biology and ID

Skills: Observing, Classifying, Ordering, Reasoning

Skills: Having fun while learning

Skills: Have even more fun while learning

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Listing of curriculum guides, books, suppliers, newsletters, organizations, zoos and butterfly houses, software, videos, games and music.

Weeds

Prepared by Dwight D. Ligenfelter, Extension Agronomist, Department of Agronomy, Penn State University

Skills: Observation, measuring, identifying, categorizing

Skills: Observing, Classifying, Recording data, Interpreting data

Skills: Observing, measuring, predicting, recording data, reasoning

Soil Ecosystems

Weeds, insects, vertebrates, fungi, bacteria - no where do all these players come together in a more complex way than in the soil.

The soil ecosystem has similar dynamics as the above-ground ecosystem with which we are more familiar - but in miniature! From an IPM standpoint, good soil health is critical to prevention of pest problems, especially related to infection of plants from plant pathogens. If plant roots are not functioning properly due to pest damage or poor soil quality, the plant cannot take up water and nutrients well. Sick plants are more susceptible to above-ground pests. There is a correlation between soil life and soil health. Understanding and promoting certain soil life and use of composting are two good ways to increase soil health and thus prevent pest problems from occurring.

Using the Berliese funnel method.

Biological Control

Skills: Observation, Scientific Method, Calculations, Biology

Skills: Observation, Scientific Method, Calculations, Biology

Skills: Observation, Scientific Method, Biocontrol

Skills: Observation, Classification, Ecological Relationships, Biocontrol

Pesticides

Skills: Critical thinking, discussion, presentation

Skills: Observation, Biology, Scientific Method, Discussion, Presentation

Agriculture

Skills: Observing, communicating, reasoning, writing

Skills: Observing, Sampling, Recording data, Interpreting data, Making a decision, economic consequences

Natural Areas

Skills: Observing, Sampling, Recording data, Interpreting data, Making a decision, economic consequences

Buildings & Schools

Pest management in and around school buildings and grounds have become a "hot topic" lately. Pennsylvania state legislation requires schools to use an IPM approach, to notify parents when pesticides would be sprayed and post signs in highly visible places stating that pesticides were sprayed, with re-entry information.

Home & Garden

Skills: Fact finding, observation, analysis

Skills: Fact finding through Surveys, Tabulation, Analysis

Skills: Observing, ordering, communicating, recording, reasoning

Warm Bodies

Skills: Simulation, reasoning, predicting, critical thinking

BugMobile vs. The Invasive Species

Video of invasive species including Asian Longhorned Beetle, Purple Loosestrife, Plum Pox Virus and Zebra Mussels along with lesson plans.