Resources for Educators

You can use the census as a STEAM activity!

We are excited about the 2022 Census and think it will be the biggest one yet!  The census is a STEAM activity that you can use in your classroom:

  • Explore the links below for ideas on getting your students excited about insects and the census.  Videos from the Entomological Society of America can be fun and educational!  I also like pollinator haiku – Ode to the Wasp!
  • Use the Powerpoint below to teach your students the entomology needed to participate.
  • Join us on the Georgia Pollinator Census Facebook group to get ideas and capture educational snippets that you can use with your class.  Scroll through past Fridays to find many #FunFactFridays.
  • Provide each student with one of the counting forms.
  • Generate excitement by having a countdown to the census.
  • Use the classroom data for extra math lessons like graphing the pollinators that your class counted.
  • Download the Certificate of Participation that will be available on the website.  
  • AGAIN THIS YEAR:  Instead of uploading counts one at a time you will be able to upload an overall tally of your student counts.  Add up the counts and only upload once!
Email Becky Griffin (beckygri@uga.edu) if you have any questions or need additional ideas or inspiration!

Math mania! With the data from the last three Censuses on the website, the math lessons create themselves:

Basic Math Skills: Math ideas including adding numbers of butterflies counted in your county. Subtraction, multiplication, division, "less than", and "greater than" are all possible using Census data.
Click for graphing ideas
Click for some specific ideas!
Critical thinking skill ideas
Click for some specific ideas!
Two-way frequency worksheet
Click for the worksheet!

Featured Activity: Honey Tasting

Below you will find a PowerPoint detailing how honey bees make honey, a lesson plan that will fit any almost any grade level curriculum standards, and two work sheets.  This is a tasty way to educate your students about honey bees!

Honey Tasting Lesson Plan
Step-by-Step Lesson Plan
Introduction to Honey Tasting (PowerPoint)
PowerPoint Presentation

Featured Activity: Honey Bee Roles

This activity introduces the roles that honey bees have within their hive.  As bees age their duties within the hive change, just like how as children grow their household duties change.   At a young age children may be responsible for picking up their toys.  As they age their chores may change to taking out the trash or cleaning the kitchen.  Honey bees are similar!

Honey Bee Roles Lesson Plan

Below are a few activity sheets for your classroom or summer camp. Click on the image and save to your computer for printing:

This guide contains all of the details on the census – how to count, how to identify insects that you will see, and how to submit the counts. There is also a counting sheet that can be printed to take to the garden. Feel free to print and copy this guide as many times as you need. Download the Counting and Insect Identification Guide.

Counting Sheet with Visuals:

One of the requests after last year’s count was a cleaner counting sheet that still have plenty of visuals and some hints.  Thank you Clare Johnson for designing this updated sheet.  Download the Counting Sheet HERE.

This publication gives simple instruction on how to build nesting boxes for native bees, especially mason bees and leaf cutter bees.  It also has photos and details on the bees that use these type of nests. Download Creating Pollinator Nesting Boxes to Help Native Bees.

Lesson Plan and Activity Links

School garden curriculum resources
Click for school garden curriculum resources

Griffin, B.  & Braman, K. (2021) School and Community Garden Pollinator Census: a Pilot Project in Georgia. Journal of Entomological Science, 56(3): pp. 287-304.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.18474/JES20-38

 

Griffin, B., LaTora, A.G., Bhattarai, U., & Braman, S.K. (2021) Knowledge Gleaned From the First Great Georgia Pollinator Census. Journal of Entomological Science, 57(1): pp. 39-63. DOI: https://doi.org/10.18474/JES21-05

 

Griffin, B, Braman, R, Griffin, M & Sarieh, Y. (2021) The Strategic Use of Multimedia in the Great Georgia Pollinator Census Citizen Science Project. Citizen Science: Theory and Practice, 6(1): 1, pp. 1–13. DOI: https://doi.org/10.5334/cstp.334  

Students at Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta count insects as part of the census pilot project.
Campers at the Kid's Camp at the Research and Education Garden in Griffin created their own bee homes.
Young people learning about insects at the Atlanta Science Festival.

Use these social media memes to generate excitement! Click on the meme and save to your computer.

Science – entomology, biology, ecology, botany

Technology – use of social media, uploading census counts to the webpage

Engineering – creating bee homes, designing pollinator gardens

Art – insect and flower origami, pollinator haiku

Math – counting insects, comparing counts with other students, creating graphs of insects seen

Great Georgia Pollinator Census