Teaching Biology Using Real World Pest Management Strategies
Life Science Curriculum for Grades 9 – 12
We sincerely appreciate all of those who helped in the development and preparation of the curriculum, especially the students and teacher at Mesa County Valley School District, Grand Junction, Colorado.
This curriculum was written and developed by Amber Williams to meet the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management, Colorado State University, 2015.
This one-hour curriculum is designed for high school students and/or adults to increase scientific literacy and to increase their knowledge of Integrated Pest Management. Students who complete this class will be able to:
- Analyze theoretical situations and determine which limiting resources different organisms need to survive in their environment.
- Define a pest using evidence to support their claims.
- Design a three pronged Integrated Pest Management strategy that demonstrates knowledge of an organism’s limiting resources.
- Produce a glossary of upper level terminology used in IPM through inference and collaboration.
To teach this class, follow the twelve steps in the attached curriculum. You will need to print the Pest/ Not A Pest pictures before class and cut them out for the students. Additional materials include a board to put key terms on, scissors, sticky notes, poster paper (enough for each pair to have one poster), writing utensils, two pages of lined paper for each student, enough copies of the Pest/Not a Pest pictures for each pair of students to have three, glue sticks or tape, a copy of “Sample Pest Management Instructions” for each student.