This game is modeled after the popular game of Bingo. Instead of calling numbers and letters, the instructor asks questions related to pesticide education topics and the participants mark their cards with the answers to the questions. Pesticide Education Bingo topics include: beneficial creatures, pollinators, pests, integrated pest management, signal words, and chemical safety. This activity is an educational tool that can be used to teach pest management and poison safety or to use as a review activity after a pesticide safety education lesson.
For the initial use of Pesticide Education Bingo, print the complete set of Pesticide Education Bingo Caller Sheets. The Caller Sheets have several questions on each page, so the questions will need to be cut apart into Strips. Use the perforated lines between the questions as a guide to assist with cutting. If you plan to use the Caller Sheets for multiple occasions, consider laminating the sheets (prior to cutting) or using some type of protective covering.
Print out the number of Bingo Cards that you will need for each participant. Paper copies of the Bingo Cards enable participants to use pencil or pen to mark the cards and, upon completion of the game, to take home to share with others. Laminated copies enable you to reuse with multiple groups; please be advised to use dry erase markers or other mediums that can be wiped off the Bingo Card.
Distribute a Bingo Card to each participant and ensure that participants have a pen, pencil, or other medium to mark the cards. Shuffle the Caller Strips.
Pull a Caller Strip and read the first line(s), which will be a question, on the card. The answer to the question may be a selection on the Bingo Card. Feel free to give participants hints to help them arrive to the correct answer. Once someone has shared the right answer, have the participants mark the correct answer on their Bingo Cards. Remember, each Bingo Card will not have the answer to every question. Now, read the bottom line(s) on the Caller Strip, which shares more information about the respective answer.
Proceed with the game by pulling another Caller Strip and following the same process. When a participant has five marked squares in a row, the participant should say "Pesticide Education Bingo!" The participant can read their answers as the caller verifies that the participant has marked the correct answers. While someone might win the Pesticide Education Bingo Game, all participants are winners as they learn more about pest management and poison safety!
What you Need to Play:
- Printable Bingo Sheets
- Printable Caller strips