TEACHING SCIENCE WITH IPM
A Classroom InPestigation is a life science curriculum for Grades 3-5. This curriculum gives students the opportunity to learn how to apply a scientific way of thinking to a real-world problem. By fostering an awareness of their environments through a sense of careful inquiry, the curriculum encourages students to become proactive participants in creating spaces that promote their own and others’ health and well-being.
IPM in the Classroom, teaching biology using real world pest management strategies. This life science curriculum for grades 9 – 12 uses IPM as a tool to teach biology to secondary students.
Encourage students to recognize and report pests, pest signs, and conditions conducive to pests.
Have students clean up after class activities, so they know the importance of good sanitation to prevent pest problems.
Make sure that students do not leave food in lockers, classrooms or common areas.
As a teacher, you connect the school community to parents of students. You can help parents understand their role in keeping children safe from pests and pesticides.
Inform parents how pests can be introduced to the classroom from homes and on student belongings such as backpacks and clothes.
Let parents know about the rules for pesticide applications in buildings and on school grounds, including who can apply pesticides and how how parents can be notified.
Teachers are key members of the school IPM team. They support a healthy learning environment in their classrooms by modeling and engaging students in daily IPM practices.
Teachers can implement IPM using these steps.
IN THE CLASSROOM
One of the easiest ways that teachers can implement IPM is to keep all food in pest proof containers. For more information on how to easily adopt this IPM practice, watch this YouTube video.
Reduce classroom clutter! Clutter provides pests with shelter and makes cleaning, monitoring and control difficult.
Place anything with food remains (used plates, wrappings, soda cans) in trash cans with liners. Take bagged trash to outside dumpsters before the day ends.
Do not bring over-the-counter pesticides or homemade remedies to your classroom.
Do not leave cleaning materials or supplies unattended or in open, child-accessible places.
Separating student belongings reduces the risk of classroom transition of communicable pests such as head lice and bed bugs.
Consider eliminating upholstered furniture. Food crumbs collect under couch cushions and in chairs, attracting cockroaches, ants and mice.
If you have classroom pets, make sure that pet food and bedding is cleaned and stored so that ants, roaches and mice don’t become class pets too.
GET INVOLVED WITH FACILITY AND OPERATIONS STAFF
Let the appropriate personnel in your school know if door sweeps or window seals need replacing. Submit work orders.
Let staff know what pests you observe, when and under what situations.
Work with your Environmental Health or Sustainability Committee.