Pests, IPM, Poison Prevention, and You

Designed for K-4th graders, this activity book, with tips for kids and adults, includes sections on living organisms, what is a pest, IPM, and poison prevention.
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This activity book contains four sections:

  • Living Organisms All Around Us
  • What Is a Pest?
  • Integrated Pest Management
  • Poison Prevention

The activity book can be used by educators and parents with kids to introduce these topics or supplement existing lessons.

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Academic Standards

The activity book is aligned with academic standards in environment and ecology; health and safety; English language arts; and science and technology.

Academic Standards for Environment and Ecology - Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • 4.1.3.A. Differentiate between the living and non-living components in an environment.
  • 4.1.4.A. Explain how living things are dependent upon other living and nonliving things for survival.
  • 4.5.3.B. Define the term pests and identify various plants and animals that humans may call pests.
  • 4.5.4.B. Determine the circumstances that cause humans to identify an organism as a pest.

Academic Standards for Science and Technology and Engineering Education - Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • 3.1.3.A5. Identify the structures in plants that are responsible for food production, support, water transport, reproduction, growth, and protection.

Academic Standards for Health, Safety, and Physical Education - Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • 10.2.3.B. Identify health-related information.
  • 10.2.3.D. Identify the steps in the decision-making process.
  • 10.2.3.E. Identify environmental factors that affect health.
  • 10.3.3.A. Recognize safe/unsafe practices in the home, school, and community.
  • 10.3.3.B. Recognize emergency situations and explain appropriate responses.

Academic Standards for English Language Arts - Pennsylvania Department of Education

  • CC.1.2.3.B. Ask and answer questions about the text and make inferences from text; refer to text to support responses.
  • CC.1.2.4.B. Refer to details and examples in text to support what the text says explicitly and make inferences.
  • CC. 1.2.1.G. Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.
  • CC. 1.2.3.G. Use information gained from text features to demonstrate understanding of a text.
  • CC.1.4.4.A. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.